Future-Fetish Photographer Muted Fawn 

A Visual Interview with the Los-Angeles-based Artist on Cyberspace, Collaboration, and Selling Out

The work of Los Angeles–based photographer Muted Fawn, or Nedda Afsari, is sublimely erotic and eerily delicate. Her subjects are deviant women in latex, lace, and varieties of ink-black lingerie, punctuated of course by red fingernails and lipstick. Almost always shooting at night, the artist creates a vintage world of nightmare pin-ups, of dangerous anticipation, and ethereal beauty.

The collective Searching For collaborated with Afsari recently in their ongoing project—an episodic and image-based interview compilation that uses the mood board language of the creative industry as their main form of journalism.

Why do you do what you do? How do you balance commercial success with maintaining a creative voice?

Who have you taken inspiration from, both artistically and in terms of how they market/advertise their work?

Do you actively market yourself? How? Has that changed over the course of your career to date?

What has been the hardest decision of your career so far? The most rewarding? Were they one and the same?

Do you think you have ever sold out? 

Is your relationship to money antagonistic or symbiotic?

How do you use the Internet in your artistic and studio practice? Do you start with online inspiration? Or is it more of a marketing platform—for giving your work wider exposure?

What is your approach to collaboration—specifically with geographic differences?

Does this inform your practice? Do most of your collaborations happen in physical space or in cyberspace?

What are you curious about in your peers? What should we ask the next person we interview?

Interview: Searching For Collective
Images sourced online by Muted Fawn