Collaborators’ Q&A: What do you think is the role of art in regards to real-world, real-time events? In other words, what makes a “successful” occasional or political piece of writing or art? Poet Deborah Fried-Rubin: I hope art helps us make sense of the emotional content of “world” events, and shows us how to relate in our private capacities to make a cumulative impact. Because everything is ultimately reducible to millions upon millions of individuals, the best “political” poem is a personal one, with heart in it. Artist Yuko Adachi: An agile creative response with a purpose to the event that opens up our mind and willingness to make an effort to spread what we created and talk about it.
Artist Yuko Adachi is a Tokyo-born artist who was raised in Japan, Paris, London, and the United States of America. Today, she lives and works in Boston. Writer Deborah Fried-Rubin is a second year graduate student in the Queens College MFA program, pursuing an interest in poetry after many years of practicing law.