June 28, 2013

Artists' Kids Have The Greatest Names

There is no better way to end the week than to celebrate the Australian-born New York artist Natalie Jeremijenko for her epic talent and foresight in babynaming

Jeremijenko's experimental streak extended to the naming of her kids. Her oldest daughter [26] is Mister Jamba-Djang Vladimir Ulysses Hope (Jamba for short); her daughter [15] with [her ex, sociologist Dalton] Conley is E (what "E" stands for is up to E, but so far she has decided to stick with the initial); and their son [13] is Yo Xing Heyno Augustus Eisner Alexander Weiser Knuckles. "I had wanted to give our boy an ethnically ambiguous name to challenge assumptions about race and assimilation," Conley wrote in a 2010 essay. "For all the Asian-American Howards out there, shouldn't there be a light-haired, blue-eyed white kid named Yo Xing?"
The Artist Who Talks With The Fishes [nyt magazine]
Natalie Jeremijenko's gallery, Postmasters [postmastersart.com]

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