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Academic Excellence:Miles Gracey

Most Influential Faculty Members?
You cannot run around Otis with scissors in your hands without accidentally bumping into a teacher that will change your life. They are abundant.

 

Hometown?
Cambria, California

 

Why Otis?
It’s really serendipitous. I originally attended Otis for its Graphic Design program.I had a few really influential teachers who led me to seek out something a bit more challenging; the rest is history.

 

Your thesis project?
I built a wall.

 

Interesting things that you did outside of school?
Outside of school?

 

Most influential class?
Any class that made me question everything I had already learned up to that point. Otis was a pattern of education followed by de-education, the exact antithesis of what came before. It’s an important value to have throughout life, learning to listen while simultaneously ignoring everything.

 

Favorite place in L.A.?
I seek out the places in which L.A. shows its seams: places where you get a sense that it is all just make-up on a desert: the back of the Hollywood sign, infamous sites where celebrities have died, the river. These are truly beautiful places.

 

Impact on your work/life?
I have realized that I am not me but rather a consequence of my last meal (which happened to be a Big Mac and fries). I go through life consuming the world around me. At some point I must have ingested someone with dark brown hair,
possibly tall, but not too. So exactly who was I before I ate myself? Was I horny? And moreover, how piquant would he or she have been fricasseed?

 

What’s next?
Anything and everything. I think that is the real beauty of an art education, because you are never acutely trained to do one thing. There will never be precisely one thing to do. It is never a good career move to go to art school, but it can allow you to never really have a career. I hope never to work a single day as an artist. I think that is where the true cultural significance of the artist emanates from.

 

Something unusual/idiosyncratic?
I eat people. I am a cannibal.

 

Information/tips for future students?
Don’t worry, about a thing, ’cause every little thing, is going to be all right...