Tuesday, February 2, 2010

INSPIRED || STYLE: Nicola Vassell

I've come across Nicola Vassell in recent articles covering the art world and its struggle for a new identity vis-a-vis the economic downturn. Nicola is a director at Deitch Projects in the Soho neighborhood of NYC and has appeared in editorial spreads of various publications such as V-Magazine.  I also came across her in a recent posting on Shala Monroque's blog for Pop Magazine. After seeing her very brief interview with NY Magazine's Video Lookbook, I like her vibe.

NY Magazine also did a profile on Nicola and her loft home in NYC.

 Source: NY Magazine, Dean Kaufman
Here's some more information about her from V-Magazine's profile:
Age: 28
Kingston, Jamaica
Where do you live?
Soho, NYC
What do you do?
Director at Deitch Projects.
What are you working on now? A
book called Jean-Michel Basquiat 1981: The Studio of the Street. Extraordinary year in the life of the downtown revolutionary Basquiat! Also, top secret artist salon (not beauty), multisense social experiment, exhibition space.
Favorite song:
Right now, all songs on the Best of Alton Ellis album. Rrriddim!
Favorite artist:
What an impossible question! Too many, from different movements and isms, spanning ridiculously extensive continuums and epochs.
Describe your personal style.
Jamaican sun/sea goddess meets titillating NYC innovation plus a dash of business glama.
Who’s the sexiest person that ever lived?
My boyfriend, Bob Marley, Roland Barthes, Cary Grant, Steve McQueen, Hegel.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Living the fantastical beach scape of a luscious, giant painting (a gay Cézanne or a brooding Caspar David Friedrich) somewhere near the South of France.
What’s your hidden talent?
Good Sambista! Ouve!
If you could choose between love and independence, which would it be?
One is ultimately inextricable from the other. Real love is independence—love gives you that freedom to do. If not both, then neither! Independence without love equals loneliness, forlornness, isolation. Love without independence equals irresolute, vacillating, wishy-washy, pussyfooting.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post.
I love Nicola.

February 3, 2010 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Alex Franklyn said...

Great post Nicola. I love it another yardie is doing big things, its such an inspiration..

December 7, 2010 at 5:35 PM  

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