Friday, March 8, 2013

What Was the Best Advice Given to You as an Artist? #6

"What was the best advice given to you as an artist?"

All of the responses are taken from the 175+ interviews archived on

"What was the best advice given to you as an artist?"

To follow my heart and do what I feel most passionate about, even if it’s unconventional. To not worry about what others might think. To feel confident in anything I create.
Mia Malone Jennings (Interview)

Taking a chance and having it end in disaster is always better than playing it safe…which is fairly easy advice to follow especially since not taking chances with your work can also end in disaster.
Alison Hiltner (Interview)

The best advice was probably from Robert Colescott who did some
studio visits at MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art and Design) when he
had a show at the Walker several years ago. He said to look for what
"was working" in a painting. In our critiques at school we always
picked out what "wasn't working" in someone's work but its hard to know
what's working if your always looking for what isn't. It opened my
eyes to another way to approach my work. If you concentrate on what
is working, what is not working will fix itself.
Tom Riggle (Interview)

I don’t remember a specific quote or anything, but over time I’ve learned to just keep making work no matter what—to keep some sense of momentum in the studio and to keep asking questions. I think I learned that indirectly from past teachers and other artists/friends. I’m confident that one idea will always lead me to another if I let it happen.
Peter Happel Christian (Interview)

Work, work, work and the work will tell you, what it’s about.
Ute Bertog (Interview)

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