What I Know for Sure: Janet Echelman
Photo: Todd Erickson
Echelman's pieces, composed of unlikely materials, such as fishing net and atomized water particles—and in this case, fibers 15 times stronger than steel—are sculptural environments that respond to forces of nature. She's allowed Oprah.com to feature a photo of the sculpture on the site and shares four things she knows for sure about…
Being an artist: Every day I can be challenged at my edge, and if I am not there is no one to blame but myself.
Joy: Every morning my husband and I walk our two children to school and hold their hand. It's 8 a.m., and I have already had a good day. There is something about putting the personal at the beginning, [that means], somehow, the world is okay.
What happens as you tackle more ambitious projects: I learn things and encounter failure and I keep going. That is also a model for how I am learning to be a parent day-by-day.
Where Art and Life intersect: I aspire to have my life be like my sculpture. The sculpture is a resilient form that can move fluidly and gracefully, and can adapt to changing wind and changing weather. In my life, I would like to be as agile and adaptable as my art.
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