MoCoLoco asked Lorraine the following questions:
Are you happy as an artist right now?
I would have to say yes, though I never really think in those terms. Being an artist is just what I am, and like breathing, it is an essential element of my life. It's one of the many roles I have, shaping how I see and interpret the world around me and all that I do. I have always felt very fortunate to be an artist, all my experiences seem to have come to me because of it.
I've taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for the past 15 years, and have always taught in conjunction with being an artist. For me, teaching is more than a day job, really, it is another element in the artist equation. At SAIC I am surrounded by other artists, my students - young emerging artists, and my colleagues - some also young and emerging, others quite established. Each encounter is often another opportunity to further that creative dialogue. It's work, yes, a job, yes, and it takes me away from the studio, but it also gives me something back - I have always found it to be a good mix for me.
What do you think of the art world right now?
I see the art world as an exciting place where many ways of being an artist are possible and acceptable. The people I admire in the art world are those that find ways to continue to be inventive, productive, and excited no matter what the economic climate is. Who'll survive? Those who are in it for the long run.
images (top to bottom): Portrait of the artist, Chandelier Green Stripe, Chandelier White.