Quote from Ira Glass

I sent the following email to my RISD MFA students in anticipation of spring semester.

Hi All,

I’m sending you the attached quote from Ira Glass as a way to help focus your energy and ready you for your spring semester. I found his words very moving, and still very relevant, even after many years of making. For those you who don’t know Ira Glass, he is host and producer of the radio and television show “This American Life.” A Brown MCM graduate, I had the privilege to hear him speak last year at a symposium and he was absolutely fantastic.

I’ve been thinking about his quote in the following way: Dissatisfaction can be a necessary and productive part of your ongoing practice. In fact, your dissatisfaction is what makes you strive forward. This forward movement requires full commitment to your practice, which includes slogging through unresolved work, no matter how uncomfortable it feels. In this model, the continuous production of work becomes central.

The fortune cookie fortune version of this quote is: “The only way to resist getting stuck is to keep moving.”

I look forward to seeing all of you and engaging with your ongoing practice this coming spring semester.



About Lisa Young

My hybrid studio practice includes installation, book, video, web, and photography. My projects examine the intersection of the pedestrian, the repetitive, and the imperfect with the transcendent, the beautiful, and the perfect. I am interested in the way that the repetitive action of accumulating and organizing can create its own poetics. I grew up in Illinois, completed the Whitney ISP program in 1996, and teach Interdisciplinary Synthesis at the Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA. You can see my work at lisa-young.com

10. February 2012 by Lisa Young
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