-What is art?
Art is the fire within and the fire without.
-Was there ever a time when art scared you?
Yes. I remember reading Art Spiegelman’s autobiographical graphic novel. I thought because of the medium that it would be funny, but it was actually about his mother’s suicide and his internal struggles. It was scary because it actually felt like I was seeing the pictures of his mind, and it seemed like he could understand that he was going insane. At the time I was struggling with depression myself, but I couldn’t find the right words to describe it. Spiegelman could actually convey those feelings, and that this was even possible terrified me. There is one line in particular that I still remember, “you killed me mommy, and you left me here to take the rap”, I’ve always found this line beautiful and disturbing.
When do you remember learning about what art is?
Cayla: I was four years old and my mom took me to a museum. I saw a painting that was incredibly colorful and reached out to touch it. My mom said “don’t do that!” and I pulled my hand away. But the security guard said “It’s okay, she’s just connecting with it.”
Olamide: I went outside with my mom and I remember looking up at the sky and stars and thinking that it was so beautiful, that this was beauty. It is hard to find sky in New York City.
Liz: I went to the MET and was listening to a docent talk about a painting. I don’t remember the artist. The painting looked like a scene from a movie, and the docent told us that this was intentional on the part of the artist. I found that really intriguing.
Kianna: I’m from New York City and there is a metro stop in Brooklyn where there is a lot of graffiti. I always told that graffiti is bad, but when I saw it at this stop I saw how beautiful it actually was.
-Is art dangerous?
We think that art is not dangerous, but it is powerful, because any sort of art form has the ability to change the world.
-How does art change the world?
Art changes the world through confronting peoples perspectives. woof.
Students of F&M
-What is the point of art?
-To voice public opinion, to make people think about something they’ve never thought about before. Even if they don’t make it anymore, I still drink that Kool Aid.
"What is your favorite art form?"
"Writing, because it is one thought but it is shared by many and stands the test of time"
Mixed media collage by George Valdez
Made with images from discarded Life magazine (1965)