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"Anything can be used to make art and everything can be art."

10/5/23

Interviews

"Anything can be used to make art and everything can be art."

Artist Anna Navasardian on exploring every medium and her first time viewing ancient Egyptian art.

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Great artists make artists. And to prove that point, over 70 of today's greatest have contributed their work in support of Children's Museum of the Arts' Emergency Arts Education Fund, establishing utterly ambitious art programs in New York City schools that need them most.


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Below, meet auction artist Anna Navasardian.



Anna as a young artist



Childhood artwork by Anna, circa 1994


Do you have a favorite memory of making art as a child?


My favorite memory of making art as a child was copying the Matisse posters my parents had and tracing Looney Tunes characters. Icarus and Tweety were my favorites. 


What advice would you give to young artists who wish to pursue an art practice?


Explore every medium. Anything can be used to make art and everything can be art.


How does working with children inspire you?


Working with children is inspiring to me because they look at everything with a fresh and unique perspective. 


When did you first know you were going to be an artist?


I’m still surprised that I’m an artist!


Can you describe a formative experience visiting a museum or gallery?


I remember seeing an ancient Egyptian painting of a human figure with a dog head at the Met when I was a kid. It was so creative and expressive and such a relief from the hyperrealistic paintings I was used to seeing in museums before then.



Anna Navasardian 

Three Mouths 

acrylic on acrylic sheet

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