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Emma Sulkowicz

Artnet Interview

5 Jun, 2015

Sulkowicz talks about her sex tape project to the art site.

Question: One of the things that really struck me about the text accompanying the video is when you write “You might be wondering why I’ve made myself this vulnerable…I want to change the world.” Is it that thinking that made you want to become an artist?

I don’t know that it’s why I want to be an artist, but it’s why I’m forced to be an artist. It’s more that being an artist is the only way I know how.

Question: Do you think that making yourself vulnerable is what it takes to change the world these days?


Question: Are you concerned at all about being stigmatized or pigeon-holed byMattress Performance?

Yeah, I mean, when people call me “Mattress Girl” I find that really infuriating. It’s like, okay great, so you think that I’ll never progress beyond that point. That I’ll be a “Mattress Girl” rather than a living, breathing person who has the ability to change.