SchoolArts Magazine

March 2018

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There were other moments. I always made my mother these elaborate cards for the holidays, and just how she would respond was sort of like larger than life. I would look at her and I would think, wow, this is the kind of reaction that you're getting from this card. That has followed me today in terms of my practice, that it's what I'm delivering. I am only interested in put - ting out work that generates that kind of response and impact. FJ: At what point in your life did you realize that you wanted to become an artist? NC: I chose to go to art school. I went to the Kansas City Art Institute, and then I graduated and maintained a studio practice. I was working on visual displays for department stores, but I was still very much inter - ested in getting a job that somehow allowed me to be creative. I worked at Hallmark, and then I decided that I wanted to go to grad school. My mother was like, "You're giving up a full-time job; you're giving up insur - ance, security…are you sure you need grad school?" I told her, "I don't know, I'm just not happy doing what I'm doing." And she said, "Okay, that's all that matters, your happi - ness." And so I chose to go to Cran- brook Academy of Art. You choose to do these kinds of things only with hopes and dreams. There is no rulebook or manual that you can receive in terms of how to do it—it's all by chance. You just don't know if you're going to get a break. One morning, in 1989, I had to make a choice. I had to dive in 110 percent and go for it, or it was not going to happen. I knew that I wanted to see if it was possible, but I knew that if I wanted to explore that possibility, I had to give myself over to it. And I chose to do that: I opened my computer, and the Jack Shainman Gallery had sent 18 MARCH 2018 SchoolArts

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