JR: What is your New York Story?
MC: My New York Story goes back 24 years because I was born and raised here, and because of that, it’s shaped me into the person I am today. When I was younger, I had a babysitter named Lori Ellison who fostered my interest in art and encouraged me to face my creative inclinations. At 6 years old she took me everywhere; from the Chelsea Galleries to Pearl Paint on Canal street (RIP), to the Museum of Natural History— Lori was the first person who showed me what NYC has to offer. As I got older- I took matters into my own hands: I snuck into my first fashion show at Milk Studios when I was 13, and it was there that I remember seeing Lynn Yaeger for the first time. My idea of how one could look and dress was shaken to its core. I began approaching the way I dressed in a really sculptural and conceptual way. I remember sometimes walking into the front doors of my middle school with my heart racing because of some crazy outfit I had thrown together, which could involve anything from attached electronics, fabric scraps, and wire hangers to drawings on my face. In high school I started thrifting at an insatiable pace and I got the opportunity to intern with Nicole Miller. Working for her was an incredible experience because of the trust she placed in me, and her genuine interest to see and listen to my creative input. From there I entered art school and began looking at what fine art in an institution looked and sounded like. I felt way more comfortable speaking in a language of clothing and fashion, and it took a couple years to realize that no matter where I was, I was always gravitating back to some form of infatuation with dressing and all that it has to offer as a creative outlet.
JR: Talk to us a little about your art practice?
MC: I really feel comfortable saying that I am an incredibly hard worker, especially when it comes to the hours I put into my clothes. I approach each facet of designing differently, this is subject to change over time. Making the ‘clingy men’ that are frequently seen on my clothes has become something very performative for me. They take hours to make and involve creating a fortified wire skeleton by hand, and then sculpting a polymer based air drying clay around it. I sit on my couch with a vintage floral tray on my lap and sculpt each one very lovingly by hand while watching different movies. It feels really performative in that way.