What was the inspiration behind this book?
It's actually really nebulous. It's not like I had a concept where it was like, "Oh, I'm going to make all these things..." I really tried to confront things that terrify me in my work, or at least make me uncomfortable, so I'd been doing it a lot lately and just having lots of introspection. I wanted to put together something that I could put all of my cathartic artwork in and share it with people, but I wanted it to be interactive as well. I guess the other half of the intention of me making artwork is that I want it to be very public—even moments that are painful to me—because I want to inspire other people to dig through things that are uncomfortable to them. I just wanted a fully complete project that I could share, that's interactive, that I felt like it really fit with something that I would like if I didn't make it.
How did you go about picking the images that you used for this and then also pairing them with the passages?
Originally, I didn't have the intention of [the book] being published; I really didn't expect that many people to care about it. I mean, usually, when five to 10 people are like, "This is really cool," I'm always just like, "Oh my god, guys, thank you so much." So, originally I had about 15 drawings. Each drawing is a specific artwork that I came up with for the coloring book. There might be one or two that were in the original 15 pages that are not in the published version, just because once I was contacted by the Feminist Press and they started doing all the editing work, there were just pieces there that I felt weren't as necessary or powerful to me.
My original editor, Clarissa, is the one that suggested adding words for each piece. They wanted it to be kind of a storyline, but I didn't really like that idea—I just wanted words that explained what was going in each piece. At first, I wasn't really into it because I was like, "I don't want to over-explain things." I know that words and language are a large part of how we communicate with one another, but it's so funny how words can actually hinder communication. So, when they first presented the idea to me, I was like "I don't know if I really like that," but I got into it. I like thinking about all the things that inspired the different pieces in there or thinking about my relationship with women in my family, and lots of poetry that I've read, and musicians that I've listened to, and experiences that I've had to kind of help me write those words.