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Observer’s Slambook: Qualeasha Wood on Ethical Colonization of Mars

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Observer’s Slambook is an ongoing series in our Arts Newsletter, which I write weekly, in which I ask various artists, writers and culture leaders a series of random questions. These questions are silly and similar to something you’d ask at summer camp, but what I’ve discovered throughout the course of this series is that it’s an excellent way to see different sides of the creatives we already love. This text comes directly from the newsletter and is not changed in any way.

Qualeasha Wood responds to Observer’s Slambook

Qualeasha Wood is truly one of the hottest artists in the art world! Represented by Gallery Kendra Jayne Patrick, her work has been exhibited at Hauser & Wirth, CANADA Gallery, New Image Art and more. We want to wish you sincere congratulations on your work The [Black] Madonna / Whore Complex (2021) being acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Qualeasha is the first to answer our Slambook series, in which characters from culture answer a series of randomly generated questions that wouldn’t typically be asked in an interview.

Have you ever fallen in love with someone you met online?

I met my partner on Tinder and we chatted online for weeks before meeting irl (in real life). I think that’s kind of what it’s like to be queer in the 2000s. It’s so unlikely you’ll go to a bar and actually meet someone you hook up with anyway. So I feel like I accepted a long time ago that this is how I was going to meet the love of my life.

Are you a gamer?

I love video games !! I played The Sims all my life! Lately I find myself creating loads of drama instead of building a utopia. But I’m also huge call of Duty player and lover of Assassin’s Creed.

Are you for the colonization of Mars?

I think it is tremendously difficult. I think there is the question of what does colonization on Mars mean? If there are no people / life forms we are disturbing, I wouldn’t mind moving to Mars someday because Earth is a ghetto. But if colonizing Mars means damaging existing life forms, then I am not in favor of colonizing Mars!

Favorite piece of culture you originally thought you hated?

I absolutely refused to watch Steven Universe for years because I can’t stand the fan base. Most diehard fans are usually annoying personality types, so I figured I wouldn’t like it. I ended up watching him on a date once and secretly thought he was cute.

What is your favorite thing about the place where you grew up?

My favorite thing about where I grew up is definitely the pizza. New Jersey has the BEST pizza. New York and Chicago pizza is halfway through.

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Slambook of the Observer: the artist Qualeasha Wood on the ethical colonization of Mars

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