First American Art Magazine No. 21, Winter 2018/19 - Page 62

PROFILE We’re the ones who are dictating what our culture is now, and we’re in control. voices now, and a lot of credit goes to the younger generation who are standing up and saying, “Hey, we’re not going to take this anymore, this is who we are.” I think in my stance, I’ve mellowed out quite a bit. In my younger days I’d get all riled up and angry and, you know, “Screw the system,” and “I want to knock it down,” and all that kind of stuff without really understanding what it means. But then as you grow and learn the ways of things, you understand how you can change ideas and perceptions in a subtler yet effective and positive way. 60 | WWW.FIRSTAMERICANARTMAGAZINE.COM Do you think that art is in some ways, then, more effective as a form of activism than other modes? Well, it depends on what kind of art you’re talking about. I think art is a very integral part of activism. There’s a visual art aspect to it, and there’s music. I think music is a huge part of it. I know for myself personally, music was a huge driving force in forming some of my activist or progressive attitude or tenden- cies. And writing. So, yeah, I think all of those things together are integral to creating change.