For this month’s theme of HIDDEN, we’re pleased to bring you Annie Han and Daniel Mihaylo, the partners at Lead Pencil Studios. Specializing in installation art at the architectural scale, they’ve exhibited all over the world. Their work is the kind that immediately strikes you as different—it’s clear they think about things differently, they operate on a different scale. We knew they are a wonderful fit for this month’s theme because their work says as much by what it leaves out as what it includes.

Tickets for their March 14th talk at the EMP is available right here!


CMSEA: How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?

LP: Having a vision, applying every faculty, stopping for nothing until it is finished and released into the world.  

CMSEA: Where do you find your best creative inspiration?
LP: Between big projects and in the middle of a good book.  

CMSEA: Love it! What books are you reading right now?
LP: We’re currently re-reading some favorites. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, Black Zodiac by Charles Wright, Species of Spaces by Georges Perec

CMSEA: What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?
LP: Get the best education you are capable of,  regardless of cost & location.

CMSEA: Who would you like to hear speak at Creative Mornings?
LP: Tim Keck - Publisher of The Stranger
CMSEA: What was the best advice you were ever given?
LP: “If you’re not doing now what you always wanted to do today, you probably won’t be doing it tomorrow.”

CMSEA: What books made a difference in your life and why?
LP: The Collected Writings by Robert Smithson. A book of short writing that challenges and expands what it means to be creative in this era. Also, Art of Hunger by Paul Auster. A book of essay about life, art and observation that introduced writers, philosophers and artists I didn’t know and reminded me that the most meaningful discoveries and thoughts happen in solitude.

CMSEA: What is the one movie or book every creative must see/read?
LP: Sculpting in Time by Andrie Tarkovsky.