I was invited to speak at a student-run conference called SPARC (Science, Politics, Art, Research, Culture), which is a Ted-style format of 15-minute talks in succession at Case Western University. I bounced around for a while on what I would discuss, when I finally settled on examining the question I get all the time, “how did you think of this?”
It’s a bigger answer than the one I usually give (“my car was broken into a week after I moved to Cleveland, but I came here to focus on my art, and one thing led to another…”). I called my talk, “Open eyes, open mind.”
An introduction to my work and process:
I recounted how excited I felt when I took a bus from Detroit to San Diego, discovering America, and how people responded so positively. My eyes were so open, taking everything in. When I returned home I tried to capture that same feeling.
That’s when we notice details in the everyday, like glass in the street. Furthermore, our perspectives change how we view these things. I moved to Cleveland for art, so I was seeing art in everything.
Look at the details all around you. Get macro. Then open your mind to take every day to the next level. You don’t know where it may lead you.