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Bin Danh—On the Power of the Arts

June 14, 2021
Binh Danh

“I remember being a kid and learning how to draw a flower petal using watercolor during a summer school art activity. I could press half of the paintbrush tip on one color and the bottom half on another. Then I pressed the paintbrush down onto a sheet of white paper to make a petal of color. I repeated the motion in a circular direction to form a flower. I remember my eyes lit up with excitement when the flower formed. I kept going until I had a field of flowers. At that time, I had no idea I was making art. Now in my early 40s, I'm still making art. Creating art is the core of being human. It's the way we have been communicating for thousands of years, from early cave drawings to the walls of our art museums. Art lets people in the future know that ‘we were here,’ and if they want to know more, look for the art we left.”

 —Binh Danh, One of the Artist-in-Residence for SVMoA’s 2016 BIG IDEA project Craters of the Moon
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