“I think you can help the student define a practice that’s generative — that generates more pictures and a discovery process. A crucial point is to find names for what you do and what your interests are – to tell yourself a story. But when it comes down to making work that really sings, I don’t know if I can teach any of it. I don’t even know if I can do any of it half the time. It’s so much about failure, it’s so much about making pictures that are so utterly boring and overstated, you’re endlessly disappointed. And in that process you hopefully find something that draws you back and calls to you. You just look at that picture and it tells you something that you didn’t know. I try to engender that kind of open-ended discovery process and ask questions that generate an intensity of looking, and writing and thinking.”


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