Skye Parrott

Fox D'Jour Skye Parrott on Nan Goldin, Marriage and Multimedia
Who: Skye Parrott, Francophile, Photographer, Curator, Mama
 
Why She's Foxy: She's a Self-Employed Photographer and Artistic Powerhouse Who is Constantly Reinventing Her Creative Mission To Make Pop Culture Magic
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On Recalibrating: "I used to publish a biannual arts and culture magazine called Dossier, but after seven years I found the magazine format wasn't that interesting to me anymore. I no longer read magazines — I consume all my quick information online and my permanent information from books. Maybe if I could make the New Yorker I’d still want to be making a magazine, but I can't. Dossier had morphed into this part-magazine, part-experiential thing, and I also was shooting full-time as a photographer, and renovating a house. I was so out of balance trying to make that all work. The last project I did under Dossier was curating a massive pop-up at South Street Seaport that ran all summer long, and I was working so much that I would drive my two-year-old daughter to school every day, and every day we'd drive past the fountain at Grand Army Plaza and she would ask if I could take her to the fountain, and every day I would say: 'next weekend'. Then all of the sudden, it was the end of summer and I realized I hadn't taken her once. I hadn't found one day to take my two-year-old to a fountain. That's when I realized that I needed to rebalance my life. After Dossier closed, I took some time to recalibrate, and eventually last year started a new multimedia platform called Double Or Nothing. My goal is to have a space to create interesting content, to get to collaborate with other creative people, and to make the online medium richer."
 
On Becoming a Photographer: "My parents are both artists and our house was very creative and hectic. I was a shy kid and became a wild teenager. I got my GED when I was seventeen and started taking photography classes at Parsons. That summer, I saw the Nan Goldin show "I'll Be Your Mirror" at the Whitney and then immediately went to The Strand and bought "The Ballad Of Sexual Dependency.” Her work blew the world of photography wide open for me. I had no idea that the kind of photos she took could be considered art. When I was 21, I went to live with my boyfriend in Paris. I interned that summer at Art and Commerce and I loved it. I started assisting various photographers, worked as Managing Editor at Self Service, and eventually became Nan Goldin's studio manager. I was with Nan for four years. The best project I worked on with her was going through old negatives that she'd stored in plastic sleeves under her bed, finding pictures she'd taken that she forgotten about, and helping her put together a show from them. Working with one of my heroes was challenging and maddening and beautiful. That time helped me understand that art didn't have to be something that you endlessly suffered while doing, that you could create a proper professional life being an artist, succeed at it and if you’re lucky even be happy."
On One Of The Best Days EVER: “When I was in my twenties, my boyfriend and I took the train to Venice for the Biennale. We took a speedboat to the show and just sucked up all this amazing art from all over the world. That night we went to dinner at his godfather’s apartment which looked out over the Grand Canale. When we got there the the windows were wide open and there were candles everywhere and the wind was blowing them and all of the city was lit up. We ate foie gras that had been made by a princess. We'd been fighting in the streets of Venice earlier in the day and then it u-turned into one of the sweetest days of my life."
 
On True Love: "My partner Jeremy and I were together when we were much younger. We first started dating when I was 17. He went out with a friend of mine, but after they broke up we ran into each other and he asked me out on Valentine’s Day. We had the best time and we were on again, off again for the next four years. We were crazy about each other, but what we had was so fiery that we could never manage to stay together for more than a few months at a time. Eventually we broke up, I moved to Paris, and we both ended up married to other people, which didn't work out. We got back together in our thirties and I was (deliberately) pregnant four months later. Getting together this time was an act of faith. I had no idea if we would manage to stay together but I figured no matter what I’d end up with a baby with someone I truly loved. The first few years after our daughter was born were intense. We had to learn a different way to being with each other. We dug in and worked really hard on our relationship, and on ourselves, and things now are honestly better than I’d even hoped they could be. I don’t think anyone who knew us and had watched our relationship would have predicted that we would have ended up here. It turns out to have been the best risk I’ve ever taken."
 
Fave Love Song: "Neil Young is the soundtrack of my relationship with Jeremy so I have to go with something by him. Heart of Gold is the song that makes me think of him most, but for a pure love song maybe Harvest Moon? I love the story it tells of the way love endures. "
 
Fave Love Movie: "Say Anything, In the Mood for Love, Drugstore Cowboy - basically all my favorite stories are love stories in one way or another." 
 
Fave Love Book: The Year of Magical Thinking
 
Fantasy Wedding: "It would be my daughter’s. I’d be wearing some sort of chic version of a poetry-teacher mumu, because that’s the kind of older lady I hope to be, and I’d spend the whole night crying."