Artists: Steven & William Ladd
Chapel Inspiration Drawing 23, 2014
Archival paper, ink
11" x 17"
"I pretty much fell in love with Sam. It was just after the eighth grade on a Canadian island retreat. He was way bigger than me and beautiful and black and fun and, I think, from Chicago. There were little one-man boats tied up with bungee cords and Sam was hanging out with me on the dock and I climbed in and undid the cord to take off. Sam had these really long arms so every time I got a few feet away from the dock he would hook on the bungee cord which would pull me back to him. After about three times I flicked it off and it sprang back and hit him in the mouth and chipped his front tooth. The next day we were sitting with each other on the lawn and I was telling him how sorry I was and he said the worst part was that he could no longer eat the candy we would get once a day because it was too painful."
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.