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The Character Studies of Vilda & Renee

January 19, 2017
  • Video & Concepts by Vilda & Renee
    Photographs by Charley Parden

    CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: INTERVIEW BY CHARLEY PARDEN

    Dilly and Dally
    “Dilly and Dally are the sins of pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth. They are masked autonomous creatures who speak their own language called Sillyan and only respond to the likings of one another and their supreme, Mother Nature.”

    -Do you ever feel like you’re in competition with nature to be more beautiful than, say, a tree or a really pretty flower?

    Dilly: “Moun Lait sprootoo zeet morf hAA grousch toop!”

    Dally: “Ouuw ma hAA rroost boooty flowahh nee hAA hore plan!”

    Translated:
    Dilly: Mother sprouted me from the ground too!
    Dally: I am the most beautiful flower in the whole world!

    -Do you ever feel as if you’re in competition with each other?

    Dilly: “Ouuw ma Dilly an Dally sip zeet. Ouuw ma rondwa an intooshy. Ouuw ma lan an housch!”
    Dally: “Sooptom ouuw kool nee hAA mooroor an shat ‘Ouuw ma hAA boosh’, tub sooptom ouuw kool ach Dilly an shat ‘woou arg hAA boosh!”
    Translated:
    Dilly: “I am Dilly and Dally is me! I am ripe and intelligent. I am tall and healthy!”
    Dally: “Sometimes I look in the mirror and think ‘I am the best’, but sometimes I look at Dilly and think ‘you are the best…”

    Santa Baby and Love Chap
    “Santa Baby and Love Chap are rappers, they identify solely as rappers, with no regard for gender or any other possible “stereotypical” identifying factors.”

    -Who are your style and music icons?

    Santa Baby: “I’m not gonna lie, back in the day I was jammin to Coldplay day in day out. As I grew up I refined my music taste a little bit, started listening to the Black Eyed Peas and Soulja Boy some. Nowadays I’ve really got a thing for Raven Symone’s style…yup that’s me…”

    Love Chap: “Blink 182 is what first inspired me to make music.. always had a thing for Travis Barker. When I first met Santa Baby we started listening to Trey Songz and that changed our whole sound… then we got into NWA and that’s what brought us to where we are today. We consider ourselves to be pretty diverse artists. My style icon is probably Left Eye. Kids used to make fun of me in high school cause I loved God but look at me now.”

    -You two are considered the pioneers of genre of gender-free rap, but how would you like your personal legacy to be defined?

    SB: “I want my personal legacy, simply put, to be defined as my personal legacy. See, with this, I mean, basing my value as a human with disregard to all of the little quirks that make up my persona as a whole. Regardless of the clothes on my back, the color of my skin, if I got a ding dong or a wee wa. I want people to respect me for the choices I make, the raps I produce, and the relationships I maintain. I am faithful, hardworking, and loyal. I just want people to think of me as that rapper who had that thuggish ruggish bone. BABY!”

    LC: “For me.. I don’t really identify as anything but a feminist and a rapper.”
    “You know what makes me unhappy? When brothers make babies, and leave a young mother to be a pappy. And since we all came from a woman, got our name from a woman and our game from a woman I wonder why we take from our women..why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think it’s time to kill for our women time to heal our women, be real to our women.”

    SB: “Damn Love Chap…I feel like I’ve heard that before. You’re the freshest!”

    Frida and Lisa
    “Much of their past has molded Frida and Lisa into the frantic, high anxiety, art collecting hoarders that they have become today. Frida and Lisa have dedicated their lives to their collection, with a clear anxiety resting in that they have not accomplished anything aside from it.”

    -How do you define success?

    Lisa: “Well, uh, I suppose success is a lot like having a lot of stuff.. Having a lot of things around all the time. You know, things that you love.. That bear a specific importance..strikes something in your heart. I feel like Frida and I have really found a certain je ne sais quoi in our home together. I think being happy in your home is true success.”

    Frida: “Well, I’d say, (scoffs) that success really is rather relative. Some mornings I feel a great deal of success from simply feeding myself the best morning ham. That’s not to say that I never struggle, fame can be perceived in the viewer’s eye as relentlessly glamourous. I’m here to tell you, that fame and fortune are just a mere quirk- and success itself encompasses much more than just that. To me, success is always pushing yourself a little bit too far, stretching yourself thin, not letting your emotional state stand as a blockade in the way of what you truly love. Personally, I’d say my largest  success, naturally, is my collection.”

    -Have you ever stopped to ask ‘are we really just hoarders?’

    Lisa: “As the French say.. ‘Paris ne s’est pas fait en un jour!”
    Frida: “I really don’t see how that’s any of your business. I’m sure you have more undies than you’ll ever need, old batteries in your drawers, taco shells you’re never going to eat! Needless to say, everyone’s got a skeleton in their closet, we do not.”

    Buffalo Bleu
    “A quintessential visual display of what it is to be prim and proper, is only ever seen gorging on unsettling amounts of food.”

    -If you had to choose one thing to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

    “Lasagna…baklava…ladyfingers…strawberry shortcake…mashed potatoes…”

    -Does diabetes or heart disease run in your family?  Do you have concerns about future health problems or do you only live in the moment and the moment is food?

    “I do not understand this question…”

    Mustache Mom (Builda)
    “The mid life crisis muscle man who is also a woman, looks in the mirror seeking reassurance of self through aggressive flexing in mirrors (he/she/they) pass.”

    -Excessive and involuntary tongue movements have been associated with Tardive Dyskinesia; do you have a family history of schizophrenia or any dopamine-deficiency mental disorders.

    “My wife has schizophrenia.”

    -Do you have a workout routine or do your muscles simply grow by flexing them over and over?

    “I work very hard for my money…and flexing isn’t the only thing I do in front of the mirror. Being a muscle man and a mom requires lots of heavy lifting.

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