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"Working with my hands and with color as a child has preserved my memories of childhood."

10/13/23

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"Working with my hands and with color as a child has preserved my memories of childhood."

Artist Gabriella Grill on the rewarding feeling that comes from making 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 Gabriella Grill.



Gabriella as a young artist


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


I remember making a self portrait collage out of construction paper in my second grade art class, and a clay manatee in third grade ... I think working with my hands and with color as a child has preserved my memories of childhood. It helps that some of the art I made as a child still exists in my parents' homes. Every time I see them, I am reminded of my childhood experience.


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


Always keep making. Sometimes it feels good to make art, and sometimes it is hard. But in my experience, the rewarding feeling always comes again. 


How does working with children inspire you?


My greatest inspiration working with children is the bravery to try new things in artmaking. It is pure curiosity and a constant desire for discovery. 



Gabriella Grill 

Nestable Rackable Stackable (13-A) 2/3 

punctures on paper

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