What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
Two things come to mind. I was shocked when I saw the Sydney Opera House. I couldn’t believe that anyone could design something so beautiful. Walking up to it, I was thinking, `How could someone do this?’ I’d seen pictures of it, but it was much more amazing in person.
The other one would be a book called The Birds by Tarjei Vesaas. It’s existential and modern and has really nice values as far as a respect for women. It’s considered a national treasure in Norway, and it’s an amazing, beautiful, and heartbreaking story. Incredibly, it was Vesaas’s forty-first book. It took him 41 books to get to the place where he could write The Birds. That’s inspiring.