At the end of each week, there was a team of volunteers that came in and painted by number. So if the heart had a number two in it, it got painted red. If the shoe had the number three in it, it got painted green. And it turned out so remarkable. This was another moment where it was sort of an experiment. I thought, “Is anybody going to participate? How is it going to look in the end? I mean, it could be kind of a disaster.” But it really was quite beautiful, and it really was a true reflection of that city, and what they wanted to convey.
As an artist, do you have a certain responsibility to your audience?
Yeah, I think any artist has a responsibility. I think that it’s a conversation. I don’t know that my feelings of responsibility are different than another artist’s feeling of responsibility. I think that one should have a feeling of responsibility to whomever you’re communicating to.
You seem to be making art for your audience, as opposed to artists who get ideas and just create for themselves.
It’s both. When I do a wall drawing, I’m definitely making the work and installing the work and people get to come and look at it. When I’m creating an installation that’s going to ask people to participate, I just think back to my 10-year-old self and want to create something for her. It’s fun. The best situation is when you can do both, when it’s a little bit of everything. Because the best pieces of art for me, are both intellectually stimulating and visually beautiful. And so if I’m making a wall piece, I want it to be engaging, even though you can’t always physically engage.