A Conversation With Artist Polly Apfelbaum

07/14/2012 06:12 pm ET | Updated Sep 13, 2012


The artist Polly Apfelbaum is not one to shy away from colors. She embraces them, all of them. In fact, the brighter and bolder they are, the better. Her works look like explosions of shapes and figures in every shade and tone in the whole ROYGBIV spectrum. "I can't imagine too much color. I love them all." she once said.

Below, Apfelbaum talks about happiness, having good shoes and her fond affection for snail mail.

When I wake up... I look for coffee.

Before I go to bed... I turn on the radio.

A well-dressed man/woman... needs good shoes.

Women should always... wear good shoes.

Men should never... not cook.

The best thing that's been said about me... "Do you smoke pot when you work?"

The biggest misconception about me... that I'm nice.

If I weren't doing what I'm doing today... I would work at the Post Office. I love mail.

My legacy... no idea.

A great idea... my Color Revolts.

Botox is... not for me.

My mother... is wonderful. And she has the best eye of anybody I've ever met.

The soundtrack of my life... Nirvana.

The future... desperate optimism.

Happiness... is being able to afford to do what you want and enjoying it.

There's a time and place for... time out.

There is too much... complaining

In the end... a good night's sleep and nice dreams.

Photo of Polly Apfelbaum by Susan Wides (c) 2012 courtesy of Durham Press

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