Maya Lin Quotes


49 Maya Lin quotes:



"All my work is much more peaceful than I am."
"To me, the American Dream is being able to follow your own personal calling. To be able to do what you want to do is incredible freedom."
"It terrified me to have an idea that was solely mine to be no longer a part of my mind, but totally public."
"I left science, then I went into art, but I approach things very analytically. I choose to pursue both art and architecture as completely separate fields rather than merging them."
"I probably have fundamentally antisocial tendencies. I never took one extracurricular activity. I just failed utterly at that level. Part of me still rebels against that."
"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 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."
"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."
"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."
"Nothing is ever guaranteed, and all that came before doesn't predicate what you might do next."
"Our parents decided not to teach us Chinese. It was an era when they felt we would be better off if we didn't have that complication."
"Some of your teachers are actually closer in age to you than you think."
"The role of art in society differs for every artist."
"When I was very little, we would get letters from China, in Chinese, and they' be censored. We were a very insular little family."
"You couldn't put me in a social group setting. I'm probably a terrible anarchist deep down."
"Warmth isn't what minimalists are thought to have."



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