Artist Jenny Holzer, 65, On Being True To Yourself

Photo via Dazed Magazine

Photo via Dazed Magazine

SMITH: Your work has a deep sense of privacy to it. But yet you've often collaborated with others and you have assistants. There is a comfort in having people to work with. And now you're even using other people's language in your works.

HOLZER: It can be kind of gruesome at times, making things alone. [laughs] I don't want to be too dramatic, but it's hard. It's necessary to start most work alone. But I'm tickled to death when I can pull somebody in or join someone, whether it's borrowing poetry or traveling with an associate. Company makes my day.

SMITH: But it's nice to have multiple lives, to have episodic lives, but also artistically to have different kinds of outlets for your work.

HOLZER: It's good to be employable, but I hope to show the truth. The paintings seem true because nobody wants me to do them. 

Interview excerpt via Interview Magazine

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