Maya Lin Quotes on art

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... view

By: Maya Lin

Some artists want to confront. Some want to invoke thought. They're all necessary and they're all valid... view

By: Maya Lin

The role of art in society differs for every artist... view

By: Maya Lin

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... view

By: Maya Lin

You have to have conviction and completely question everything and anything you do. No matter how much you study, no matter how much you know, the side of your brain that has the smarts won't necessarily help you in making art... view

By: Maya Lin

The process I go through in the art and the architecture, I actually want it to be almost childlike. Sometimes I think it's magical... view

By: Maya Lin

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... view

By: Maya Lin

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... view

By: Maya Lin

For the most part things never get built the way they were drawn... view

By: Maya Lin

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... view

By: Maya Lin

I probably spent the first 20 years of my life wanting to be as American as possible. Through my 20s, and into my 30s, I began to become aware of how so much of my art and architecture has a decidedly Eastern character... view

By: Maya Lin

I started studying what the nature of a monument is and what a monument should be. And for the World War III memorial I designed a futile, almost terrifying passage that ends nowhere... view

By: Maya Lin

I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That's art to me... view

By: Maya Lin

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... view

By: Maya Lin

It terrified me to have an idea that was solely mine to be no longer a part of my mind, but totally public... view

By: Maya Lin

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... view

By: Maya Lin