Q: What is one thing you like about yourself?
A: My creativity.
Q: What is your biggest insecurity?
A: How sensitive and introvert I am, especially in such a social city like New York.
Q: Advice to anyone suffering from low confidence?
A: Life is too short to not be your own best friend. Talk to yourself the way you talk to people you love. Know that you are not alone. Someone you might see as more talented or successful than yourself might even think worse of themselves than you do. Never assume anything about anyone. Stop comparing yourself. Be mindful about the way you talk about yourself in front of other people and make sure you don't let the mean voice in your head get any air time. It takes a lot of practice to love yourself but the first step is to decide that you want to.
Q: What’s it like to be a European artist in New York?
A: I think New York is such a mix of people from everywhere that I don't think about it too much. But I definitely feel more quiet and reserved than most people.
Q: What do you try to communicate when you draw?
A: I just try to draw how it feels inside. I try to not involve my brain too much.
Q: Did you always want to be an artist?
A: Oh God no. I never thought I was talented enough or intellectual enough. I also thought that being an artist meant to be depressed and broke all the time.
Q: Where did Husa come from?
A: Husa was a reaction against having to draw fashion figures in my previous jobs.
Q: When did you start drawing her?
A: About two years ago.
Q: Which is your favourite Husa illustration?
A: I love the ones where she's just weirdly occupying space or one where's she's standing inside a condom having an insecure moment thinking the world wants her to stay in there.
Q: What does Husa mean to you?
A: She's my best friend. She’s the weirdness inside me.
Q: What’s the best way anyone has described her?
A: That she's funny!