We have been honored over the years to have support
and participation from three of Kurt Vonnegut’s children, Mark, Edie, and Nanette. They
continually serve on various boards, provide important feedback on our work and
vision, and cheer us on. This weekend Edie joins us at the Grand Opening
festivities of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library (KVML), and we can’t be
Edie is an award-winning painter who lives on the same
property where she grew up in Massachusetts. She shares her thoughts on her
father and the new KVML location here:
Thank you for joining us for the Grand Opening
of our “Forever Home.” This is your first
trip back to Indianapolis since 2010. Why did you decide to return? I came
back because I’m thrilled about this new building and that Dad has a “Forever Home.”
Julia Whitehead (KVML’s CEO and founder) stayed with us on Cape Cod in August
for the Vonnegut Marathon Reading Festival, and I became very impressed with
all she’s doing and with her in general.
In this anniversary year of Slaughterhouse-Five,
why do you think your father’s book remains relevant? It’s
a timeless and brilliant book about war that is more relevant than ever.
What does it mean to you, specifically, as
Kurt’s daughter? He’s contributed so many helpful writings
that never get old and continue to bring comfort to humans, making them feel
less alone and making them laugh . . . and cry . . . as we should in these
times. I can’t think of any other father who would have been better.
You created the beautiful art that accompanies Kurt’s quote, “I give you a holy word: DISARM.” Why do you feel it’s important for artists to share their voices through their creations? All artists of every ilk are motivated to share. Otherwise they wouldn’t make it. My art has always had a message and story, whether it be in support of women, or environmental awareness, or social justice. My paintings are how I choose to express myself. I am presently working on a billboard project that presents images with words that may possibly have an effect on the eye balls that see them as people whiz down the highway. (There’s a group being formed called WAAR: Women Against Assault Rifles. I’m contributing my images.)
Is there anything in particular about the
work of the Vonnegut Library that you think Kurt would like?
He would love it all. Particularly all the outreach programs concerning social
issues today that keep the library vital and relevant and alive. Almost like
he’s still here.
Thanks, again, Edie. We look forward to seeing you