An Excerpt from the interview: Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art? I think that the role of individual artists is the same as it’s ever been, although there’s more of an urgency about what we do these days. My work certainly doesn’t stand on neutral ground, and I’m fully aware of how a message of empathy for the Other contrasts with our current cultural climate. Artists have always been agitators and advocates of change. What I’m seeing now is bigger than individual artists; it’s the power of an organized arts community. I believe deeply in the capacity for artists to band together and affect change in a way that transcends the content of a single artist’s practice.