// Michelle Kondrich
'If I was Muxxi I would build a giant house with windows everywhere and a drawing table and reading chair in every room.' // Michelle online
◆ Question time
How did you come up with the idea for your piece?
I had the idea for this piece for a while and when the If I Was You project came along, it felt like the perfect avenue to get it down on paper. Where we live there are lots of old Victorian houses with different types of windows and embellishments and I like to imagine a studio with walls full of them.
Tell us about your wildest adventure.
My wildest adventure took place in Santorini, Greece when my husband and I were on our honeymoon. We were staying in Imerovigli, which is right in the middle of the caldera. The woman who ran the hotel told us that there was a path that would take us around to Oia, at one end of the caldera. It would take a couple of hours and it was supposed to be a beautiful walk.
After about an hour we found ourselves on a dirt path about 2 1/2 feet wide that curved around the side of the cliffs. To our right was a mountain and to our left was a straight drop down to the ocean! We concentrated on putting one foot in front of the other and, unfortunately, trying not to look out at the view and the perilous drop.
When we realized that the next half of the journey was going to take us around the side of another mountain we had the one-eyed, old Greek man who spoke no English call us a taxi. It was a lovely accidental adventure.
If I wasn't me I would be ... Steve Martin. Or Steve Martin's niece or something. His proficiency in comedy, acting, banjo playing, art collecting and writing have fascinated me my whole life.