1: Who am I?
A Brooklyn-based tour-de-force and a self-proclaimed Jill of all trades. I invest all I have within me into whatever project I undertake. I can do it all.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I sew, screenprint, reconstruct, and re-purpose clothing for a little online shop called Par Avion. I also build props for photo shoots and window displays in NYC. When the weather is nice I join the boys painting large scale commercial murals all over the five boroughs. It helps me hone my painting skills for personal works. I also keep myself busy furiously illustrating for bands and fans and entertain wild requests for portraits. The bigger the project, and the more of an audience I am able to reach, the stranger the requests seem to come.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I’m originally from Chicago, made my way up to New York through the ranks of Philadelphia and I am here to stay. I love New York; it’s magic, and always will be to me.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
Hands down my mother. She endured so much in her life and did the best she could to help nurture my talents and accept me.
5: What book is your bible?
Art/Work. Its definitely a great resource for artists. I always read something new when I pick it up.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love working in teams of creative people I respect, and having motivating deadlines. I hate arrogance. And I’m very direct, so I have no patience for passive aggression.
7: What is your raison d’être?
To create. It’s why I get up every morning. I put soo much into everything I make, and nothing gives me more satisfaction than finding a home or body to host one of my creations.
8: What is your favorite color?
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
In fourth grade I started a comic book club just so I could be Rouge from X-Men. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. She’s badass.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
11: What turns you on?
Ambition, creativity, and talent above all. I’m not swayed by looks; I need substance, and I seem to have a thing for the underdog.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
I’d take a page from Barbara Walters and ask what kind of tree I’d be. My answer of course, Weeping Willow. 10/10 times people have an answer to this question. Its incredible. And a great bar intro.
Myles Smutney (b. 1983) is a Brooklyn-based artist exploring the darker side of beauty through her silkscreen prints, pen-and-ink illustrations, and mixed-media installations. Born and raised in Chicago, she received her training through brief interludes at both SAIC in Chicago and SVA in New York City, followed by a partial tattoo apprenticeship. Borrowing from the iconography of classic tattoo flash and punk rock subculture, Smutney endorses a homegrown, D.I.Y. attitude.
She examines themes of mortality through reoccurring imagery, such as picturesque roses, expressive skeletons, and striking women. These momento moris embody the fragile and fleeting nature of life. But all is not bleak in Smutney’s universe; symbols of fortune, strength, and eternal love are woven into her compositions.
She dabbles in fashion, collaborating with designers, participating in live screen printing events, and fabricating her designs on new and repurposed clothing. Currently, she is celebrating her work reinterpreting the 1940s pin-up girl for her 2010 calendar, “Nuthin’ But Trouble”.
Smutney has shown her work at TRUST Gallery, and WWAGallery, among others. Having created installations for Urban Outifitters, Quimby’s Bookstore, and Una Mae’s Freak Boutique as well as painting a custom messenger bag for Chrome.
She has recently completed the “Culture Vulture” t-shirt design for Against Me! as well as several illustrations for Pabst Blue Ribbon and Camel.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Jason Rodgers
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Myles Smutney, In Studio, 2011, Photography Jason Rodgers