Artists: Steven & William Ladd
Chapel Inspiration Drawing 22, 2014
Archival paper, ink
11" x 17"
"Being on the island in the summer after eighth grade was a shock of nature and of culture. Many of the boys had been brought up in busses from rough neighborhoods in Chicago. It is the first time I remember playing with people from different backgrounds. It felt so cool and natural. The cabin had beds lined up in two rows and I was standing on the ends straddling the aisle. The kids from Chicago were talking about how much it hurts to get kicked in the balls, which I never had. Sam was like, “You’ve never been kicked in the balls?!?” He promptly kicked me in the balls."
New York-based artists and brothers Steven and William Ladd have collaborated on artworks ranging from the minuscule to the massive for over two decades. Early works of haute-couture handbags and jewelry inspired their signature boxes that became towers, sparking performances that later evolved into large installations. Their artwork is often intricately crafted of textiles and beadwork and incorporates stories of their childhood and journey through life.