“We enter a world we can’t enter during being awake. The unconscious and weird side of our life lies in our dreams. “
Eva is an Austrian freelance photographer, artist and curator with Russian roots. We woke her up on a Monday morning in a light filled pink bedroom to chat about day- and nighttime rituals.
“I almost never remember what the dream was about. Most of the times I just remember what I felt during it.“
What are you doing during the day?
I’m a Master of Fine Arts student (major in photography) at the Parsons School of Design - The New School, based in New York. I love everything that is too much to handle. I have an obsession with fruits, Drag Queens, good conversations about inappropriate daily life details.
Are you an early bird?
I wish I could say “Yes, I'm an early bird and I’m also done with all my e-mails around 11am because I’m badass“, but that would be a lie. I actually need a lot of sleep and usually wake up around 10am after pushing the snooze button a thousand times. If I have to be at a meeting or at school it’s the same procedure but around 7am instead 11am. Most of the time it’s a fight between my teenage-self and my grown-up-self.
How does your alarm sound?
It’s Culture Club’s song: Karma Chameleon.
What are the first things you do in the morning?
If I don’t have to get up immediately, I grab my phone, turn the flight mode off and check my mails first thing. After that I’ll check whatsapp and my social media accounts and when I’m done with my phone I usually take a couple of minutes in bed to plan my outfit and to go through my day.
Usually I don’t really have time for breakfast, so I end up with Cheerios or fruits on the go.
What time of the day are you most productive or creative?
I’m definitely a night owl. I’d love to work during the night but for some reason clients only reply to e-mails during the day, haha. A 12-hours school day can be exhausting, especially in this city. I’m trying to force myself to be less of a night owl and more of an early bird.
How do you recharge?
I recharge by spending time with my beloved heartpeople. Like, when my boyfriend booked me a ticket to Milan because I wanted to eat pasta and pizza for one whole weekend. Or flying to Miami with my best girlfriend in winter to escape the Christmas trash in the city, drinking black tea and talking to my mum about life lessons for hours, going to the countryside to celebrate at your best friend’s farm house. Having all of my friends care, no matter how far away they are and in what time zone they live – I guess all of those things contribute to my happiness and help me recharge.
Do you think you get enough sleep?
I have to, yes.
Do you enjoy going to bed?
Yes, who doesn’t? Especially after a long exhausting day.
Any rituals before going to bed?
The good old brushing your teeth and getting rid of your contact lenses - thing.
Do you fall asleep fast?
Depends on what’s going to happen the next day. I never force myself into falling asleep so if there’s no chance because I’m too excited or just too awake I end up reading or watching something until I can’t open my eyes anymore.
Where do you sleep best?
My mum’s house. Closely followed by my place.
Do you remember your dreams?
I almost never remember what the dream was about. Most of the times I just remember what I felt during it.
Describe your bed in 3 words.
Pink princess net.
Do you care about what you wear for sleeping?
Yes, hundred percent. I have to feel comfortable to fall asleep.
What is the weirdest spot you’ve ever slept in or fallen asleep.
If I’m tired I tend to fall asleep everywhere, it doesn’t really matter if it’s safe or not. So there are a couple of places. One moment I remember in particular was on a trip to Milan. My boyfriend and me had an early flight and we also went to a friend’s birthday party the night before. We decided to do an all-nighter and didn’t sleep for 30 hours or more. At this point I just literally fell asleep everywhere until we arrived in Milan.
What do you think happens when we sleep?
We enter a world we can’t enter during being awake. The unconscious and weird side of our life lies in our dreams.
How many sheep do you count?
If you could choose, what do you want to dream about tonight?
I guess I'd want to dream about something fun and erotic. Maybe something including Sushi and my boyfriend naked.
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