Xaviera Simmons

Interview with the Artist

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be an artist?
There hasn't been a time when I wasn't making artwork and I've pretty much always known that it was the job for me. Well, that and becoming a midwife have always competed; but I had a lot of nurturing to be whatever it was I wanted to be as I was growing up.
2. If not yourself, who would you want to be?
I would be this nomadic woman with a large family who really embodied the teachings of the spiritual masters, who made music that combined the sounds of Susana Baca, D'Angelo, Sade and Metallica, designed and wore clothes like Rick Owens and Mara Hoffman and had the swaggers of James Hetfieild (of Metallica), Jay Z, Mary J Blige and Nina Simone. She would practice midwifery and have the writing skills of Luc Sante and Toni Morrison and have the capabilities of a sustainable organic farmer, industrial designer, carpenter, master chef, and a contemporary architect.
3. What's your preferred drink?
A really funky/earthy/mineraly Argentine Malbec, poured by my boyfriend Benjamin, with a side of bitters and soda in our Paris apartment.
4. What's your guilty pleasure?
Yearly trips to Jamaica, massively huge cell phone bills to Paris where my partner lives and of course reality TV programming, especially The Real Housewives of every single city (except New Jersey), RuPaul's Drag Race and Drag U and this wacky show called Man V Food.
5. What would you want your last meal on earth to be?
An Ethiopian food extravaganza cooked by my best friend Tizita's mother.

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