Maya Lin Quotes


49 Maya Lin quotes:



"I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That's art to me."
"Warmth isn't what minimalists are thought to have."
"I really enjoyed hanging out with some of the teachers. This one chemistry teacher, she liked hanging out. I liked making explosives. We would stay after school and blow things up."
"A lot of my works deal with a passage, which is about time. I don't see anything that I do as a static object in space. It has to exist as a journey in time."
"All my work is much more peaceful than I am."
"Art is very tricky because it's what you do for yourself. It's much harder for me to make those works than the monuments or the architecture."
"Even though I build buildings and I pursue my architecture, I pursue it as an artist. I deliberately keep a tiny studio. I don't want to be an architectural firm. I want to remain an artist."
"Every memorial in its time has a different goal."
"I had very few friends. We always ate dinner with our parents. We didn't want to go out. American adolescence was a lot wilder than I would have felt comfortable with."
"I was always making things. Even though art was what I did every day, it didn't even occur to me that I would be an artist."
"I was probably the first kid in my high school to go to Yale. I applied almost as a lark. Then, when I got there, I was the dumbest person in your class."
"I went through withdrawal when I got out of graduate school. It's what you learn, what you think. That's all that counts."
"I'm not in a hurry to do a lot of projects. I am very resolved in each project I take on."
"In art or architecture your project is only done when you say it's done. If you want to rip it apart at the eleventh hour and start all over again, you never finish. I was one of those crazy creatures."
"It's funny, as you live through something you're not aware of it."
"It's only in hindsight that you realize what indeed your childhood was really like."
"Math, it's a puzzle to me. I love figuring out puzzles."
"My dad was dean of fine arts at the university. I was casting bronzes in the school foundry. I was using the university as a playground."
"My goal is to strip things down so that you need just the right amount of words or shape to convey what you need to convey. I like editing. I like it very tight."
"My grandfather, on my father's side, helped to draft one of the first constitutions of China. He was a fairly well-known scholar."



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