What's your workspace like? When and where do you like to create your art?
My studio is a mixture of woodworking tools, fabrication tools, electronics, and computers. It is usually pretty messy. I am pretty orderly in my time. Because I teach full time at New York University, my time in my studio is limited, so I arrive early and work as long as I can.
How do you prepare for a new project?
Preparation for a new piece can take years. Some ideas for pieces I have had for more than ten years before something clicked and I was able to complete them. Things take a long time to germinate. When you are working on a commission piece, you don't necessarily have the luxury of time and need to rush things. In those cases, I usually depend on ideas that I have thought about in the past.
Tell us something surprising about your creative process or your working style.
My wife is a composer; she takes me to these awful concerts of contemporary music. During these concerts I usually “zone out” and start thinking about ideas and a few of my better ideas have come to life thanks to these concerts.
What is your next project?
I am furthering my investigation into evolution and the use of evolution as a mechanism to create image.
How will exhibiting your work at MOCA Jacksonville affect your career?
For an artist, any show of work is an important step. Having a major museum dedicate resources and space to show your work is very humbling and an amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to meeting the people of Jacksonville and sharing my art with them and seeing their response.
Attend the free Third Thursday Tour featuring Rozin's work on Thursday, January 21. Please register here.