Maya Deren has been an enduring inspiration to me and is the only artist I’ve drawn two different shirts of (you can see the other one here). In the mid-1970s my father had attended film school with the ambition of becoming a professional director; it hadn’t worked out but he still had all his old film books on an easy-t0-reach bookshelf and they were heavily focused on filmmakers like Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Kenneth Anger, Jonas Mekas, and Jack Smith. Deren’s “Meshes of the Afternoon” was a really powerful film to see – a waking dream, set in the most commonplace, everyday location imaginable and done on a budget. I try to watch it regularly whenever I need to feel creatively grounded. And it’s amazing to watch while you’re recording vocals. And Deren was such a tough cookie – a visionary, fiercely dedicated artist who powered through the prejudices of her time to invent a whole new film vocabulary.