I row my beautiful, temporary body through this water-lily world.
∆ Mary Oliver, from Thirst; Six Recognitions of the Lord.
i sigh a deep exhale onto your leaves.
it is a release and an acceptance
treasured discharge of the human existence
to keep this lovely ecosystem growing
may we all have light, love, water, rest, and the exchanges of energy we need to carry on today
stay rooted deeply in your dreams
If you are able to concentrate everything you believe into your work, then it's ethically and socially valuable.
∆ harvey quaytman
So making identity-based work that’s subversive seems to be the best way for me to be an effective artist, in terms of churning out stuff that has good ideas behind it, as well as sustaining a career. This is the place where I’ve found myself. And steering away from making bad identity-based work? I mean, I read a lot. I’ve been reading Culture and Imperialism by Edward Said. That’s a sick book to pick up. Educating yourself on where our ideas on race and belonging and culture come from, and trying to see where it’s going, will help instead of blindly making something that other people will like. It’s easy with social media to make things that people like so you feel good about yourself as an artist. That’s a really fucked up thing that happens all the time.
I think that art is probably the only field or discipline where vulnerability is thought of as a good quality. That’s one of the things that make art special.
it is important to create an environment where you are able to make mistakes, read your mistakes, discuss mistakes, and fish in them like in a pond. I think you should do exactly that: fish in your own mistakes and even those of others. Your education starts with disappointment and destruction. There is so much to learn if you fail in a grand way. It helps you grow, to reach another level.