“Follow your work as truthfully as you can, even when it brings you into ditches, rather than holding an idea of what you want it to be,” says Kiki Smith – one of the most iconic contemporary American artists – in this short video, where she sums up her important experiences as an artist.
“You have to show up and do it.” It’s a collaboration between you and the physical world, and “you need to risk having that relationship wherever that goes,” Smith explains, and shares she now is less afraid of carrying out her ideas than when she was younger. She also stresses that you have to listen to your work, and either let it lead you or go back and remake it, so it fits your vision. “I know it’s also just a tremendous luxury that an artist takes for themselves. Just to go down their own rabbit hole to whatever engages them,” she adds.