"Doodling on other kids’ binders or drawing in class helped me form an identity and connect to others."
Artist Alexandra Rubinstein on using art to transcend language and becoming an artist during her undergraduate years.
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Below, meet auction artist Alexandra Rubinstein.
Alexandra, age 9
Do you have a favorite memory of making art as a child?
When I first came to the U.S. from Russia, I didn’t speak the language, but I had already started taking an interest in art. Doodling on other kids’ binders or drawing in class helped me form an identity and connect to others, though I can’t say it made me popular.
What advice would you give to young artists who wish to pursue an art practice?
Learn from different people and sources, as there’s no right way to create, and to also put in their time. Talent is made. I would also tell young artists not to forego physical and social activity in their pursuit because art is about connection, and mental and physical health are crucial to a strong practice.
oil painting by Alexandra, age 14
How does working with children inspire you?
I don’t work much with children, but I do surround myself with a lot of non-artists and I love seeing art through their eyes. They are often able to pick up on things that an artist might overlook because it’s very easy for us to become overly competitive and jaded.
When did you first know you were going to be an artist?
I realized I was an artist in undergrad. Growing my community and feeling a truer sense of belonging pulled me out of my depression enough to focus on work, while the conceptual approach of the program really resonated with me.
I'd Rather Sink Than Call Brad for Help #9
oil on canvas