An Hoang, artist, and Jeremy Barbour, architect
When did you meet?
An: “I stalked him 14 years ago, in undergrad. Jeremy worked part-time at the local art store, and I figured out his schedule and waited to buy my art supplies on the days when he worked.”
Jeremy: “She used to come into the art store where I worked. I liked her so much, but was too chicken to ask her out. This went on for a month, then in the end, she made the first move.”
Do you have an influence on each other's creative work and/or style?
An: “With so much time dedicated to our work, the most important thing we did was set up adjacent studios linked by a door. This allows us enough personal space to develop independently, yet still be there for one another at critical moments in the process. Oftentimes, I am exploring architectural ideas in my paintings, so it's nice that Jeremy's an architect and can give me feedback.”
J: “Luckily, when we met, we were both just beginning to embrace our newfound passion for art and architecture. You could say that this was definitely part of the attraction. An had a great eye and from the beginning, she has played a critical role in every project I've worked on. She is my secret weapon.”
What's the best piece of advice you gave each other?
An: “Always be prepared.”
J: “An has advised me not to talk too much. I'm still working on this.”
Besides sex, what are your favorite activities to do together?
An: “Going to the Met, eating, buying trinkets at flea markets. Watching old movies over and over.”
Photographed by Kava Gorna