Tennis Elbow Holiday Window Rachel Rossin
Your current location
My studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn NY
Your favorite pastime
I enjoy hiking, gaming and snorkeling
Something you like
Spike lavender oil, friendship
Something you dislike
Your defining characteristic
Errrr stamina / will to survive? Earnestness?
What would someone close to you say your defining characteristic is
I asked around and Sammy Wasson said its my playfulness (horseshit). Oolala, an ex, just said “Your vitality.”
Your favorite artist
Favorite word or phrase
"Life is long if you know how to use it." - Seneca
“If you want something done, do it yourself.” - Zorg, The Fifth Element
“...so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” - Gandalf (the Grey)
What aspect of your work is most important to you
Plumbing and twaining
Who do you admire the most and why
Probably my 90-year-old grandma, Dee-Dee. She’s been in quarantine since March. She’s a piano teacher and teaches students over the phone by ear and plays the Moonlight Sonata to the moon every time it’s full. Last time we spoke she fully quoted (from memory) a Wendell Berry poem to me,
“I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethoughts of grief.
I come into the presence of still water…
And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”
Your worst habits
Just put the dish back
The first thing you think of in the morning
Write down dream
What have you always wanted to do and have not done
Hike Mount Fitz Roy
Your best decision
Moving to NYC
Your worst decision
idfk I feel ok about everything rn.
Your favorite street and why
I think it’s NYC cliche but it’s too cool—probably Doyers or Mosco Street (historic Five Points and Collect Pond). I like layers (of time), what can I say.
What made you become the person you are
Googling things / research in general? / cringe and keen sense of self-reliability?
Something that you treasure
A little bronze demon my mom made when she was a teen and a little ring my sister gave me.
What would the child you once were think of the adult you have become
Shock 'n awe
Your greatest fear
Losing the plot