INTERVIEW: Cristina Natsuko Paulos

Danielle Kelly is an artist and writer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kelly’s project-based practice ranges from installation to performance and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Portland. Kelly’s writing has appeared in such regional publications as Las Vegas Weekly and Desert Companion. Kelly is the Executive Director and Curator of the Neon Museum. She has done a series of interviews with artists with ties to Las Vegas for celebration of our music issue.

What is your relationship to sound in the studio?

I have a little guest room where I create artwork. I play music and sounds from my
computer from my iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, podcasts and listen to a movie website.

What is your relationship to music in the studio?

I usually will have music playing as I work. I also have a big mess in my studio currently so my space is surrounded by clutter in boxes. I work on an open space on the floor. I will usually choose light music and the sound levels are at a medium level (not too loud and not too soft, just right).


What, if anything, is in heavy rotation in your studio right now?

I usually have songs on random and then play a whole album. But, when I listen to an album it’s the following:

Múm: Finally We Are No One
Mirah: Changing Light
New Order: Power, Corruption & Lies (I play “Leave me Alone” often)
Magnetic Fields albums: 69 Love Songs and Distortion.

These are my painting albums right now and it’s a lot of Magnetic Fields.

What would be your desert island studio record?

The Beatles: Abbey Road. I think that will give me comfort if I was alone on a desert island. I get
scared easily and that will not scare me at the night.

I also will play “Leave Me Alone” by New Order” again … and again.

Cristina Natsuko Paulos is an award-winning artist and animator currently living and working in Las Vegas. She has numerous group and solo shows to her credit and, on the digital side, has created content for an original animation short for Sesame Street. Her work has been shown in prestigious galleries including La Luz De Jesus, Giant Robot, and even within the Cirque du Soleil Contemporary Art Collection. Find out more about her on her website,

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