paintings / Ego's Dreams

Part 1: Ego’s Deck Dreams

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This is Ego.

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When my two roommates and I moved to our East Village, six-floor walkup in 2012, Ego had five beautiful years to just admire the Manhattan skyline.

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But she was getting older and walking up the steep flights twice a day was getting to be too hard on her knees, so we all moved to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where Ego could ride an elevator and we could still have a view of Manhattan.


Ego, however, couldn’t see the skyline anymore.

So almost every day for a year, I painted what Ego would dream about if she could see the Manhattan skyline again.

(Painted using Procreate on an iPad)

To see every deck dream ever, visit the full gallery.


Part 2: Ego’s Delft Dreams

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In 2017, one of my roommates (who is married to my other roommate, who both co-parent Ego) got an offer to move to Amsterdam. So off they went and I couldn’t stop crying.

I paid them a month-long visit in 2018 and couldn’t get over how much Ego adapted to her new European lifestyle: she’s slimmer, gets to play on the grass more, and barks in Dutch now. Inspired by her new life in Amsterdam, I painted her new dreams as traditional Delft Blue tiles.

Ego’s Delft Dreams , 2018. Digital. Digitally printed on ceramic.

Ego’s Delft Dreams, 2018. Digital. Digitally printed on ceramic.