Why do we sacrifice so much energy to our art? Not in order to teach others but to
learn with them what our existence, our organism, our personal and unrepeatable
experience have to give us; to learn to break down the barriers which surround us
…and to free ourselves from the breaks which hold us back, from the lies about
ourselves which we manufacture daily for ourselves and for others; to destroy the
limitations caused by our ignorance and lack of courage; in short, to fill the
emptiness in us: to fulfil ourselves. Art is neither a state of the soul (in the sense
of some extraordinary, unpredictable moment of inspiration) nor a state of man
(in the sense of a profession or social function). Art is a ripening, an evolution, an
uplifting which enables us to emerge from darkness into a blaze of light.
p.s. it was steven mitchell wright who emailed this to me.