about except that it's “going to be a big public park commission” and will open in New York in fall 2014. She's working mostly solo on the project, which helps her to focus.
In person, Feinstein is ethereal, yet warm and engaging – there's nothing art-world stuffy about her. Currin, who has been described as “aloof”, has said her likeability has been good for his career.
Considered one of New York's most stylish women, vintage fan Feinstein epitomizes a bygone era. She is something of a muse to Marc Jacobs, who designed a whole line inspired by her. She also walked for Tom Ford's debut womenswear show in 2010, alongside Beyoncé and Lauren Hutton. But her love of fashion has not enhanced her standing in the art world. Clients would rather she maintain mystique; they don't want her to veer on the side of celebrity.
“The people I sell my work to would prefer that I am quiet,” she explains. “They don't like me being on the front page of some magazine. I'm not selling something that lots of people can
buy. My ‘image’ hurts me because my art is my image. I've loved someone's art, then met them and it ruined their art for me. You get an idea of how the person is, and a great piece of art is something that can transport you in a completely different way than I intend it.”
Still, there's no denying that Feinstein has become something of an art and fashion superstar. She is
best known for her fantasy-inspired sculptures, which mix themes of beauty and make-believe with an underlying decay. She attributes this fascination to growing up in Miami (“There's a lot of decay there”), and to her family's proximity to Walt Disney World, which they visited regularly.
"I got to know Disney World so well that I started noticing the
“As a kid I became fascinated by the REALITY of FANTASY; the false version of what REALLY IS”
Dress by L'Wren Scott; shoes by Marc Jacobs; ring by Diane Kordas