New Bohemians: THE ARGENTINE TRANSPLANT
Name: Madeleine Eayrs
Occupation: Art Director
Years in New York: Nine
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina
What brought you to New York? New York happened to be there at the right time. It could've been Barcelona.
What do you love about the city? I think its the idea that there is so much potential to everything and there's always amazing creative projects going on. keeps you stimulated.
What do you hate? When you get into that occasional smelly subway car in the summer. And the rats.
What’s your definition of a New Yorker? Anyone who feels at home in New York.
Best or worst New York moment? "Best" and "worst" questions are impossible to me. I changed it a million times, because I keep telling myself, "That's the best? That's pretty sad." So I just picked a moment. I don't know if this falls into the best(ish) or the worst(ish) category, but it was December 2002, around Christmas time. I was in the hospital, nothing grave, but my head was covered in bandages and I was at a pediatric ward, so I was pretty pitiful to look at. The whole firefighters’ squad came to visit the sick children (and me) at the hospital with Santa. They gave us stuffed animals and took a picture of us with Santa. The whole time I was flirting with the firemen completely unaware of what I looked like. When they left, as the polaroid slowly revealed itself I felt like the most ridiculous person in the world.
What three things are you addicted to right now? Mango. Taupe. Neon.
What one New York job would you want to do, if you weren't who you are?
Where do you see yourself in five years? I can't really see into the future. Somehow I find that limiting.
If God were an animal, what would it be?
A platypus, no doubt.
[Two weeks later…]
I don't know if it’s too late, but my English got confused god is a manatee, not a platypus.
What do you think the difference is between faith and religion?
Religion is an organized institution that often uses faith as a means to deal with the unexplainable. Faith is more like a willingness to trust or believe something that cannot be logically understood. It’s pretty key to religions, but I think that we all have faith in things/people regardless of our religion (or lack of).