I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by 2nd Floor Gallery in Mechanicsburg about my work and process. Once of my favorite questions asked, what role (if any) do artists have in society. Here are my thoughts on the matter, fell free to comment with your own!
2nd Floor Gallery invites you to get to know Annie Minicuci, an acrylic and water color painter, on Saturday, May 16 along with tons of other local artists at the “Gallery Saturday” Art Reception between 6 and 9pm. Check out our interview with Annie!
2F: How do you work?
AM: It is incredibly important to me to have some kind of connection to the image, object or place that I am interacting with. Most of the time my paintings come from my own photography; if not I borrow images from friends, family members and acquaintances.
2F: What role does the artist have in society?
AM: One of my favorite quotes comes from a piece of 1950’s McCarthy era propaganda. “Beware of artists. They mix well with all classes of society and are therefore the most dangerous.” All artists were suspect.
I believe that an artist can fill any and all roles in society. We are integral, yet often invisible to the movement, transformation and evolution of history, academia, politics, society, and revolution. We are the note takers, the recorders, the historians, the observers, the statement makers, and sometimes the catalysts.
Yet not all art requires such a serious undertone. My own art comes from a place of aesthetics and personal sentiment rather than social and political change, and yet this is no less important. I think one of my all-time favorite characters, Mr. Keating from The Dead Poet Society said it best, “And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”
2F: What art do you most identify with?
AM: My strongest inspirations come from the work of Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, and Vincent Van Gogh.
2F: Professionally, what’s your goal?
AM: My goal is to create. If I can make even a modest living doing so, I will be the happiest girl in the world.