I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That's art to me.
I had very few friends. We always ate dinner with our parents. We didn't want to go out. American adolescence was a lot wilder than I would have felt comfortable with.
I probably spent the first 20 years of my life wanting to be as American as possible. Through my 20s, and into my 30s, I began to become aware of how so much of my art and architecture has a decidedly Eastern character.
Some artists want to confront. Some want to invoke thought. They're all necessary and they're all valid.
Some of your teachers are actually closer in age to you than you think.
I went through withdrawal when I got out of graduate school. It's what you learn, what you think. That's all that counts.
Even though I build buildings and I pursue my architecture, I pursue it as an artist. I deliberately keep a tiny studio. I don't want to be an architectural firm. I want to remain an artist.
All my work is much more peaceful than I am.
You have to have conviction and completely question everything and anything you do. No matter how much you study, no matter how much you know, the side of your brain that has the smarts won't necessarily help you in making art.
My dad was dean of fine arts at the university. I was casting bronzes in the school foundry. I was using the university as a playground.
My grandfather, on my father's side, helped to draft one of the first constitutions of China. He was a fairly well-known scholar.
I started studying what the nature of a monument is and what a monument should be. And for the World War III memorial I designed a futile, almost terrifying passage that ends nowhere.
We were unusually brought up; there was no gender differentiation. I was never thought of as any less than my brother.
A lot of my works deal with a passage, which is about time. I don't see anything that I do as a static object in space. It has to exist as a journey in time.
My goal is to strip things down so that you need just the right amount of words or shape to convey what you need to convey. I like editing. I like it very tight.
I was probably the first kid in my high school to go to Yale. I applied almost as a lark. Then, when I got there, I was the dumbest person in your class.
I didn't have anyone to play with so I made up my own world.
I left science, then I went into art, but I approach things very analytically. I choose to pursue both art and architecture as completely separate fields rather than merging them.
OK, it was black, it was below grade, I was female, Asian American, young, too young to have served. Yet I think none of the opposition in that sense hurt me.
I'm not in a hurry to do a lot of projects. I am very resolved in each project I take on.
The definition of a modern approach to war is the acknowledgement of individual lives lost.