LittleCollector: Mickalene, we are so excited that you're making another print for LC. Can you please explain to us the concept behind your new print? Mickalene: I'm excited to work with LittleCollector again as well. My concept for this project was conceived after deeply thinking of LittleCollector's collaborative efforts with kids. I thought that it would be much more profound to have this project reflect all the aspects which make LittleCollector shine. I make a collage of my dog —– little collectors collect and collaborate, the parents submit to a contest, the winners are selected by Art World jurors —– images return to my studio —– I make paintings of these collaborative images that are then auctioned and all proceeds are donated to a charity for kids. This is a win-win for everyone involved. Maybe Chrissy, you and I can start a new organization called “LittleCollaborator"
LittleCollector: Priscilla, how do you feel about being a muse? Priscilla: I feel fantastic, fluffy and fulfilled. Finally, I can flaunt, flagging my tail down the street and all the other barking fluffs flirt and flow me.
LittleCollector: Mickalene, what is your thinking behind leaving a part of the print blank and inviting children to complete the work themselves? What advice can you offer to these aspiring young artists? Mickalene: My thoughts for leaving some areas in the collage blank is to give little collectors the opportunity to add their personal touch to the image. The print becomes a monotype - open/ended - as little collectors complete the print. I say to them, go wild and express yourself creatively. It's perfectly wonderful to draw outside of the line.
LittleCollector: Priscilla, artists seem to gravitate towards Dachshunds (Andy Warhol, David Hockney, and Pablo Picasso all owned and painted their Dachshunds). What is your favorite Dachshund portrait and why? Priscilla: Woof, woof, wraaah, woof, woof, Picasso Baby, woof, woof, wraaaah, Picasso Baby, woof-woof Hockney-wraaah, Picasso, woof Hockney-woof Andy.