Chef Tony Kang - Conversations with Artists

"Becoming a chef is like being in the military.  There are levels that you have to go through.  You have to move up through the ranks.  You actually have to work your ass off and grind it out, put in time, get burned, get cut, get yelled at, get beaten up."

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Nancy Melchert - Conversations with Artists

"I believe the spark that gets the artist moving is the same spark that gets the scientist moving.  I want to discover.  I want to know more.  In improv, it's listening to the last thing that was just said.  You step out onto an empty stage and you know nothing.  You don't know how it's going to go.  You get a suggestion from the audience and you make it up as you go, blindly.  I feel like there's a lot of similarity with how scientists go about things:  'alright, I don't know, we're going to see what this is, I'm going to listen to the last thing that was said and we'll look at the last piece of data and I'm going to build on that to see what comes next.'   In an improv scene - somebody makes a move and maybe it works, maybe it doesn't.  If it works, great, we build on it.  If it doesn't, we go sideways and make something else and build on it.  They are kindred spirits.  I'm fascinated by finding areas that science and comedy intersect."

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Katherine Sarkissian
Rebecca Nathanson - Conversations with Artists

"Act 1 for me was churning through some introspective and creative stuff with the opera singing.  Act 2 for me has to be figuring out how to take my skill set and make it meaningful... Now I need to reflect the world.  I need to figure out how to take my ability to find other people's art and heart.  And figure out a way to turn that into something relevant.  I'm not sure how to do that yet.  But what would I really like to do?  What are my hopes and dreams?  Well, I'd like to change the world.  It's important to start with the why of what you do and then you figure out the how."

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Waël Mechri-Yver - Conversations with Artists

"Everyone has their own view on what art is.  For me, art is the concept of re-creation.  The universe is the ultimate creation.  We as humans have been gifted the power of creativity which is the power to re-create ourselves, to become creators.  This is what I call art - to recreate the world through your work."

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Rick Snyder - Conversations with Artists

I believe that we all have a deeper muse inside of us; a deeper resource.  When we get out of our normal mind frame and consciousness and relax we literally come from a different reference point.  It's then that this other stream of data comes through, this other author, this co-author comes through.  To me the co-author is a deeper part of ourselves that we don't access on a day-to-day basis necessarily, unless we're receptive to that.  My sense is that we have our normal every day thinking in the way that we see the world, but there are moments when that pauses or relaxes and allows for a deeper intelligence to come through.

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Katherine Sarkissian
Andrea Tamburello - Conversations with Artists

"I create art because I want to.  I don't want to have a show.  I don't see myself being the center of attention.   I create art so I can let go.   My canvas is my project  - Makú, in Colombia.  That's my art.  That's what I have to put my intention and belief in.  And that's what I'm looking forward to spending the rest of my life doing. I picture myself helping others and helping myself to grow and be a better person."

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Katherine Sarkissian
Jonathan Miller - Conversations with Artists

"There’s no end to one’s evolution, and that’s the first lesson.  There’s no end, so don’t look for it.  Just enjoy the journey, because it’s just a journey."

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Dr. Rob Lancer - Conversations with Artists

"I create a way for people to take their fear and visualize it in their own way so they can defeat it.   The mind can be the greatest creator of positivity but also can create negative representations as well. The ultimate goal is for people to turn their negativity into positivity.”

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Doug Ashford - Conversations with Artists

" Life is certainly changed by art, changed by music, it's changed by the depictions and the context of self-representation that we allow to happen.  But at the same time we are normalized by the world, we are normalized by language, by family.  Art is the interruption of the context of that normalization.  So I don't really know what it would be like if everyone was an artist.  I don't really know what art is for.  I just know that the way it works, now, in my own experience and in the experience of my students with whom I share my doubts, is that it changes the world.”

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Denize Maaløe - Conversations with Artists

"I get very worked up and eager to do something when I hear horrifying things on the news.  I want to do something, I want to help.  I want to bring attention to that subject, and to also give solutions.  It's really important in my opinion - to not just highlight the horror but to present ideas of what we can do about it."

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Monica Marcella Guerra - Conversations with Artists

 I'm a maker that's trying to make a difference. My medium isn't important.  My message is cohesive.  It's all about communication of human issues.  I try to make my work shiny or beautiful - some element  of beauty so that the observer walks in and stays with it for one extra second.  It's about that extra beat that they're with it and all of a sudden I've snagged you.  I'm infiltrating a little bit.   

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Murray Nossel - Conversations with Artists

"Not all art is storytelling, and not all storytelling is art  What I'm interested in is storytelling as an art form -- and a very democratic art form.  It's something that everybody can do.  No matter what your age is, or your intellectual ability is or your education or your race -- it makes no difference.  Every human being has access to our birthright.  It's our birthright to be storytellers."

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Bob Heiss - Conversations with Artists

"Everybody needs to learn to sell -- whether you're actually in the business of performing a service or selling products or goods to people or trying to get them to perceive something.  Even with artists, besides selling their product or their service, photographers for instance have to make people comfortable.  They have to sell their own credibility and help bring people through a process."

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Swiss Chris - Conversations with Artists

(To) understand basic laws of the universe - drumming gets you pretty close - like in dancing - you can't lie.  And you can't lie playing drums.  If you are in search of truth-of-self drumming is probably one of the most beautiful and easy things to be able to channel the truth of life. 

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Katherine Sarkissian
Monica Watkins - Conversations with Artists

"I feel that I had to become an artist so that I could see, hear, taste, and smell what freedom really is, and to me that was art.  And now I feel that my path is to be able to share art with kids who have not had those opportunities."

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