The Black Lab Gallery is a space in Everett, WA. I set my RV up outside of an art opening and spoke with a few people walking around. Here is a small selection from that evening.
"I am 60, so I have a lot of years behind me, and I expect to live to be 100. I think one of the biggest things that has lasted me is that my mom instilled a lot of self esteem into me. If I think of one thing that has kind of carried me throughout my life, I think it is having really good self esteem. And everything is just one small step at a time. You are never gonna get from A to Z just over night. But as long as you are patient and open, things will happen. I think this year, just being my age, I find that the things that I enjoyed when I was young, keep coming back." - Carole W.
"I was working in the service industry. And it was torture. I love people but when you are working on that side of things you are more of a servant. Granted, however, I think throughout your whole life you are a servant to humanity... and your purpose in life is to serve people. Whether or not it is to give to charity or donating your time or working in the arts... but that field felt very shallow to me, and driven by different motives, there was no expression involved. So I made a decision after my dad passed away that I was gonna be a full time artist. It was really hard, because I still don't have a car. I have an apartment that I share with several roommates. However the ability to make it with my own means and with my own brain power is really empowering. I feel like you can start to realize the power of your subconscious mind and how you can create the world around you. Especially when you take that jump. " - Alex V.
I spoke with Mary Ann and Susan about the 2016 presidential election results:
“I think what scares me the most about the election results is that people suddenly think they have permission to bully, or behave badly. To take any kind of action they like because you may be something ‘different’ from whatever the program is. I think it's dangerous. I actually took a book out from the library called ‘The Rise of Hitler', and I really think that we are kind of going in that direction... I want to know what that background is and I want to make parallels to it. It scares me that people are sort of suspending their thinking. And I think thats the most frightening thing of all.
I wasn't shocked when he won... I was surprised at how many people went along with the program, without really thinking about it." - Mary Ann
Susan: "I grew up in the 60s and did a lot of marching. I started doing pro civil rights actions when I was in high school. Different from Mary Ann, I was very active at a young age. I think it was because I grew up in the DC area and every morning I would wake up and read the newspaper and have to prepare for another march. Schools were tuned into this. I did ashrams and all those kinds of thing. I think some of that kind of action has to take place again. It's not just talking.... You have to mobilize. You have to have some of the marches."
MaryAnn: "I think if you don't protest, you get what you deserve. You really do."
"I think of being a young kid and going and seeing a Vincent Van Gogh exhibit in Saint Louis. Walking through all these canvases and looking at all the paintings and thinking they were originally paint by number kits that somebody had done, like something the neighbors would do. So I didn't really think these things were done the way they were done. I just kind of went 'well you’ve seen one, you've seen them all' and I kind of blew them off. Then I went outside and… I was about 8 or so, we went outside and there was a Mark di Suvero steel sculpture that was made out of eye beams and these logs and things It was just massive! I thought it was part of a construction site for the museum.... I thought they were building something. My dad started taking pictures of us in front of it. I looked at him and was like, “why are you taking pictures of us in front of This?”. And he said “Well its Art”. Man it blew my mind! I couldn't believe it. I was dumbfounded. I couldn't wrap my head around that idea that that was art. But I tried. I really tried. It started to mess with my brain to think about it that way." - David F.
I talked with Jordan and Tatum about what it's like to be twins and fight.
Monica: Why do you fight?
Jordan: "Like this morning, Tatum said I could read her book when she was done. And I was pretty upset when she finished she technically lied. 'Cause then she said she wasn't gonna let me read it. So I threw a huge fit about that and we started fighting."
Tatum: "We didn't fight, she started yelling at me."
J: "Yeah I started yelling at her."
T: "But I didn't do anything."
M: What happens when you start yelling at each other?
T: "I start yelling and then dad tells us to stop."
M: What do you feel when that happens?
J: "I feel mad when that happens and Tatum feels kind of happy and sad at the same time."
T: "Like when I win a fight.."
J: "She's pretty mad and sad when she's fighting."
T: "I like when I win."