Faith Ringgold Quotes

Faith Ringgold (born October 8, 1930, in Harlem, New York City) is an African-American artist, best known for her narrative quilts.

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Faith Ringgold


I had something I was trying to say and sometimes the message is an easy transmission and sometimes it's a difficult one but I love the power of saying it so I'm gonna do it whether it's hard or easy.

Faith Ringgold


I guess I had fun doing it but it has hard memories for me.

Faith Ringgold


I'm not so presumptuous to feel that they're gonna get it right away, get exactly what I have in mind. I hope that they'll enjoy looking at it at any rate, whatever it is. And that's why I started writing stories on my work.

Faith Ringgold


I just feel like I'm the luckiest person in the world being able to do what I love and be able to do it all day every day if I like, you know, I mean it's great, I love it.

Faith Ringgold


The great enemy of creativity is fear. When we're fearful, we freeze up - like a nine-year-old who won't draw pictures, for fear everybody will laugh. Creativity has a lot to do with a willingness to take risks. Think about how children play. They run around the playground, they trip, they fall, they get up and run some more. They believe everything will be all right. They feel capable; they let go. Good businesspeople behave in a similar way: they lose $15 million, gain $20 million, lose $30 million and earn it back. If that isn't playing, I don't know what is!

Faith Ringgold


I became a feminist because I wanted to help my daughters, other women and myself aspire to something more than a place behind a good man.

Faith Ringgold


I will always remember when the stars fell down around me and lifted me up above the George Washington Bridge.

Faith Ringgold


Less is even less, and more is still not quite enough.

Faith Ringgold


When they're looking at my work, they're looking at a painting and they're able to accept it better because it is also a quilt.

Faith Ringgold


I had this idea that I wanted to do this mixture of visions of African American women and visions of African American men. And call it 'The Men' and call it 'The Women' and show different faces of these two people.

Faith Ringgold


I will always remember when the stars fell down around me and lifted me up above the George Washington Bridge.

Faith Ringgold


You can't sit around and wait for somebody to say who you are. You need to write it and paint it and do it

Faith Ringgold


Anyone can fly. All you need is somewhere to go that you can't get to any other way. The next thing you know, you're flying among the stars.

Faith Ringgold


No other creative field is as closed to those who are not white and male as is the visual arts. After I decided to be an artist, the first thing that I had to believe was that I, a black woman, could penetrate the art scene, and that, further, I could do so without sacrificing one iota of my blackness or my femaleness or my humanity.

Faith Ringgold


Creativity helps us realize that we don't have to understand everything. We can enjoy something -feel it and use it- without ever fully comprehending it.

Faith Ringgold