“I’ve always drawn basically since I was really young,” she said. “I was obsessed with animals and I got into fantasy imagery so I went from there.”
Her appearance wasn’t exactly planned. “My manager, who is setting this up, texted me at 2 a.m. and was like, ‘Naomi, I need you to come do a live painting in the morning — can you do that?’” she said.
These days, Palmeri works primarily at home in Brooklyn, painting exclusively on the floor by using splatter and scraping techniques that mirror the gritty vibe of the street.
Palmeri said the painting nodded to his mother’s steadfast work ethic and dedication to her children, which motivates him to this day.
Inspired by his fascination with buildings, bodies and behavior, the work reflects “how we think about things like corporate personhood and how that intersects with things like ethical responsibility,” he told us at his studio at street address? As voices tell the story of each crisis, video of the buildings is flicked and bended by a hand that reaches in, causing one to think about “façade and image and narrative as something flexible.”