She wears a jacket, skirt and belt by Miu Miu.

Miranda July

  • Photography Emman Montalvan
  • Styling Rebecca Ramsey

In Los Angeles, Miranda July talks to Robert Ito about pouring the fear, pleasure and unspoken weirdness of life into her genre-bending art.

  • Photography Emman Montalvan
  • Styling Rebecca Ramsey

Is there anything Miranda July can’t do? That’s not something one asks somebody without sounding like a total suck-up, so I put the question to July in  a roundabout sort of way, like so: Is there anything you tried to do, but couldn’t, or did very poorly? July considers, and allows that there was that one time in her 20s when she was going to make a trilogy of short films, but didn’t. The name of the trilogy was Modern Water, and who knows what might have been?  “I remember realizing that you can have these huge ideas and get really excited, and then absolutely fail to follow through,” she says. “I remember thinking: Never do that again.”

One gets the sense that she hasn’t. Over the course of her three-decades-and-change artistic career, July has written books (No O...

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