Yoko ONO |
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United States (USA) 1933
Yoko Ono Japanese/American, born 1933
Yoko Ono to Michael Bracewell / The Guardian, 20 January 1996
"I was brought up to think Van Gogh was great; all the artists I admire, like Kafka, were fringe artists in their lifetime. I always thought that if you're a true artist you're only going to be appreciated after you go. They were all persecuted in one way or another. So my challenge is a bit strange. That was another thing in the early Sixties: I'd be doing a gallery show of my paintings and they'd say, `Oh, she's a composer - they're the dabblings of a composer', and then if I did a music concert they'd say, `Oh, she's just an artist'. So that's another challenge. I just have to be myself, and being myself is creating in different media without censoring myself. I'm a Jack of all trades... Which is not a good label, and I know it's not supposed to be effective professionally, but that's okay."
"When I make music or artworks I'm not really in control, because I'm just passing on messages in my mind. And sometimes I get frightened because I think, `What did I say?"
Yoko Ono in 2002 for Now Toronto
"Artists are all world citizens and each of us is responsible for speaking out."
Yoko Ono in an interview by David D'Arcy (2000)
"What do you want people to understand about your work?
"I have no control over that. But, I really like the fact that you can throw a pebble into the water and then see what happens."
"Which artists did you admire - I can see evidence of the influence of Duchamp, Joseph Cornell, Man Ray and others?"
"I loved them all. Some of the artists were doing something graphic and visual, and still extremely revolutionary like Barnet Newman. I loved Rauschenberg's work, Jasper Johns's work - I wouldn't call them colleagues, but we touched base in a sense. I think both of them came to my loft."
Excerpt from an interview with Yoko Ono by Sarah Schmerler / TONY (2001)
"People ask, 'Why are you doing this thing or that — why graphic art, why why why?,' " Ono says. "At different points in my career I've done things with my hands... and things that are so conceptual. But there's a line going through it all. It's a very organic feeling. We're not doing our work —we, artists — to become a statue."
Yoko Ono to Mary Abbe of Star Tribune (2001)
"Some people would consider me to be an optimist and think that is synonymous with being naive," Yoko Ono said recently. "But it certainly is not derived from naivete. It is my pessimism that drives me to be optimistic. To survive we can't just be negative about things. I am trying to create, well, an image of something that is positive so we can just hold onto it."
Yoko Ono in Sculpture Magazine in December 2000
"I often remember this sort of story from my childhood: Buddha actually came from a rich family he was a prince or something like that and one day he just dropped everything and started walking with his wife and his children. Soon, someone comes out and says, Give me something. And Buddha gives him his jacket or shirt. Then he goes on, and somebody else asks him for something; he gives them his family, and so on. And finally, I think it’s a tiger that asks him for his body. So, he just gives his body and is transformed into a spirit. It’s the total giving concept. The struggle with art, for me, became about the concept of whether you were stating your ego through your work or creating an environment where other people can be creative as well." ...
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