March 2018, East Village & Los Angeles
I collaborated with Sabah to create hand-painted Turkish slippers, each entirely unique, capturing the essence of working with paint. Created in the Summer of 2013, Sabah is a contemporary take on the traditional Turkish slipper. Each pair is made by hand in a 4th generation family-owned workshop in Gaziantep, Turkey.
Still life. There’s a certain amount of irony to the term, trying to capture a gentle serenity, life in a single moment, but life isn’t really all that serene even in a momentary snapshot. I wanted to capture more of the chaos in life, how real still life is only through balance.
This led to a late night throwing paint on the canvas while wearing my original pair of Sabahs, getting paint on them. A few weeks later, I walked into Sabah House East Village with them on. Mickey loved them, my story and the rest is history.
To recreate my original pair, we setup a painting studios in the back of Sabah House East Village and Sabah House Venice. Using a combination of tools and techniques; everything from plastic spoons and glass bottles to syringes and palette knives, I splattered, smeared and dripped to turn Sabahs into beautiful works of art.