Marina Abramovich: “Most of all, I’m afraid to believe in my own greatness”
Most of all, I’m afraid to believe in my own greatness.
When I was 14, I looked terrible. I wore these typical Eastern European boots with horseshoes – so everyone heard me approaching – and a suffocating blouse buttoned up all the buttons. I had a boyish haircut, a pimpled face and a huge, huge nose.
I still have a good little girl. When I do not do art, I become very quiet and quite ordinary.
My parents constantly quarreled. But at the same time they constantly celebrated all the anniversaries of their wedding. It seems they just celebrated what they had lived together for so many years without killing each other.
I had a difficult relationship with my mother. For example, she could wake me up in the middle of the night if I did not sleep perfectly smoothly. Now I sleep so neatly that when I stop at the hotel, they think that I did not use the bed at all.
If you lived in New York, you can hardly live anywhere else. Living in Paris is like living in a slow-motion mode. Bourgeois and boring.
Happiness comes to you at a time when you understand who you really are.
People constantly ask why there are so few successful women artists in the world. The answer is simple: a woman is not so ready for self-sacrifice, as much as a man.
I am only interested in ideas that cause dependence and deprive you of peace – those ideas that I fear.