Maggie Kubley.

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Edited by Nada Abdelrahim

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Wanting what I have. One of my biggest nightmares is where I achieve all I’ve ever wanted and yet I’m still not happy because I’m always wanting more.

What is your motto?
Hmmm--that’s hard! I don’t know that I have one....“stay in your lane,” maybe? I think a lot about staying in my own lane, doing what only I can do, instead of trying to be like other people that I think are cooler than me/more creative than me/etc.

What is your current state of mind?
I’ve been meditating on “patience”--how it can benefit both myself and those around me.

How would you like to die?
In my sleep, out of the blue, when I am very old.

What is it that you love most about what you do?
I love when people tell me about how my art said things that they’ve been wanting to say but couldn’t quite find the words for--that’s always one of my biggest goals as an artist. And also performing. Because performing is better than sex.

If you could have a conversation with anybody (alive or dead), who would it be?
I realized that there are a lot of really wonderful/smart/funny dead people but I’d just like to hang out with all of my grandparents again.

When did you realize that you wanted to be a creative?
I never really realized it, it just always seemed like being an artist was what I was born to do. I never even considered another life path. I’ve tried, but I can’t find one. As of yet.

What motivates you?
The knowledge that we will all die someday.

What do you love about being a woman?
Our intuition, our strength, being soft and strong at the same time, our incredible bodies.

What is your experience of being a woman, while also being a creative?
Much of my creative life has been spent working side by side with other creative women--I’m blessed. Being a female-identifying artist is hard--there are a lot of people out there who want to take advantage of you, make money off of you, and shit all over you but then steal your ideas. The older I get, the more I rely on my female friends. I was socialized to be extremely polite and “easy going” so it’s always been hard for me to ask for what I deserve. I rely on the women in my life to push me to ask for more!

I’ve been meditating on “patience”—how it can benefit both myself and those around me.