Sixty-seven year-old Brooklynite and visual artist Ellen Grossman became famous yesterday after being featured in the Jay-Z mini-documentary Where I’m From, Grossman met Jay while he was taking the subway to the last of his eight concerts that opened Barclays Center.
Grossman didn’t know who Jay-Z was when she met him, but was quite pleased to meet him all the same. Via New York Magazine:
“I loved it! It was very energizing talking to Jay-Z. Just who he is, not having to do with all the cameras, but he really, genuinely spreads an aura of empowerment around him,” she gushed. “And I suspect he was always able to do that even before fame. It’s not just directed at younger people. I picked up that feeling, too.”
Now that she does know who he is, Grossman is A) much, much cooler in the eyes of her granddaughter, and B) thinking about ways she could collaborate with him
And yes, she’d definitely be willing to collaborate with Jay, suggesting that maybe her work with chain-link fences would match his aesthetic. “I don’t think I’m capable of altering what I do to tailor to him, but I think there might be some intersection,” she said.
But she’d settle for watching him in action. “Now I want to see the show!”
Aww, man. We wish our grandmothers got to meet Jay-Z.