was in the kitchen brewing coffee, and my daughter phoned from Spokane
to ask me if my brother, who lives in Manhattan, were all right.
And I'm like, What? It was a total shock to meunbelievable.
And I hadn't seen any news coverage of it at all, so I jumped to
the conclusion that we were under attack, in fact. And my first
thoughts were, This is it; this is the collapse of Western Civilization,
and it's over.
New York to see if I could reach my brother, and of course, I couldn't
because all of the phone lines were occupied or nonfunctional. And
I began to think, What haven't I done that I want to do before I
die? Because I just immediately thought, there's a very limited
amount of time left. And then I got dressed and went to work.
have an 83-year-old friend, Ida Carson, who was one of the first
women to get an art degree from the University of Iowa. She modeled
for Grant Wood, she's been around a long time and she's put things
into perspective for me. Having lived through two world wars and
more, she was not as sure that it was the end of the world. These
things happen; it will happen again; it's happened before.
7 (Bombing of Afghanistan)
was another Ida moment that being so angry about the senselessness
of that sort of attack, and the pointlessness and the sort of wild
west mentality, you know, we'll show them. And the feeling of powerlessnesswhat
can you do about it? So I had to turn to Ida again to try to put
things into perspective. But it was like, a piece I made called
Rootin' Tootin' Penis; the wallpaper was a penis wearing
a cowboy hat, and that's sort of what this president is like. There's
no thought, it's all bravado
. [Tucker, the
country is embarrassing me. I am humiliated by the acts of our fearless
leaders. Like Ashcroft putting the draperies over classical sculptures.
We're the laughing stock of the civilized world. I feel that the
country is in the grips of a few corporate multi-millionaires and
that so much goes on behind the scenes for the wrong reasons, that
it's ludicrous to think of it as a democracy. It gets harder and
harder to agree with the decisions that are being made. And it has
nothing to do with the American spirit, I mean, it has to do with
greed and deceit.
Place of Art
I think that the place of art is to help us on a daily basis
to appreciate the fact that the world, that the universe, does not
function according to reason or human design. Art can help us see
or imagine or think about the mystery of things that surround us.
It can play with boundaries between reality and unreality. I'm more
interested in working to keep art alive as an alternative way of
interacting with reality that isn't market-based. Art is something
that we can all have and enjoy and grasp and find beauty and comfort
and solace in.