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"There is something so
unexpected when seeing a picture of a piece of your work. It's similar
to my first gallery opening. A picture can't change just as a piece can
no longer be altered once it is in public, untouchable on a pedestal,
naked to the world.
"It seems that only then, does the artist actually get to see what they
were doing all along.
"Enough of these experiences began to revolutionize the way I begin
"Now I spend my finest energy on imagination. I imagine a new piece
until it is beaming in my heart and mind and I hold fast to that
"I often say that it's about state of mind. What I mean is that once
imagination has taken hold, it has to be trusted, it has to be given
complete faith. To turn away from it and to engage my own petty
volition is perilous.
"Once there is belief, you have to also believe that it is best left to
carry itself out. The finer capabilities need no tending to."
Stephen C. Layne,
sculptor, designer and figure modeling instructor.
by the artist.
Sculpture: "Water," outdoor suspended installation, Old City
“Artists are inherently
sensitive and emotional creatures. This is compounded when that artist
is in childhood or adolescence. The very characteristics that are
needed to create art can make hurtful issues even more difficult to
"As I mature, I am becoming more and more grateful for my earlier
difficulties and challenges. They give me a clear vision and foundation
to stand on in regard to who I am as a person and who I am as an
Painter Amanda Dunbar - from interview
Guo-Qiang uses gunpowder in his drawings. “Why is it
important,” he asks, “to make these violent explosions
beautiful? Because the artist, like an alchemist, has the ability to
transform certain energies, using poison against poison, using dirt and
photo and gunpowder drawing from Art:21 Art
in the Twenty-First Century PBS documentary series
related book Cai
things that go on in my head are far more interesting than what
actually happens. My fantasies are still very, very strong. ...
live a third of your life when you dream. So you may as well live in
your dreams -- the way you want to be living. The way you want to be. I
love lying in darkness."
> More on :...dreamwork -
Also see Nicole
is paint's organic nature that helps me to understand life. For within
the act of painting there is a history, a continuum of alchemy through
the Ages that lives on in paint. And
every time I paint, I touch it. But also within that history, I am
given the opportunity of expression that helps me to create my own
Lori Agostino - from
her site loriagostino.com
> photo and quote
courtesy of the artist
| We all suffer, even though
we've got degrees, we teach, we write, we have literary magazines.
all these piles of stuff and we're still saying, "I wonder if I'm
think most artwork comes out of someplace you can just tap into, and
make that so obvious. And then other people can look at it and say, "I
know that place too, that craving."
Judy Pfaff -
from works + conversations magazine interview
She is a sculptor and Professor of Art at Bard College
> photo from The MacArthur Fellows Program profile
paintings are reflections of my own inner mysteries.
I do not plan any painting, but begin
with layers of
textures and colors.
layer the colors, something is suggested to me from
within and that is how it evolves.
can be effected by emotions, weather, music or thoughts. I don't spend
a lot of time figuring out the symbolism of the various collage
elements - it is only days or often months/years later that I can see
what some pieces mean to me.
in that way they are all little mysteries, some more so than others.
And of course, they all reflect my relationship to my steadiest of
companions and muses - nature and animals...
seems the best work I do [as a writer] is when I am really allowing the
unconscious to rule the page and then later I can go back and hack
around and make sense of things, but the queen of the story is that
part of my brain - and the stories wouldn't work, wouldn't move me,
wouldn't have any power, unless they had a strong connection to my
Bender - who also teaches creative writing
> from Pif Magazine interview
> image from her book Willful Creatures
rather than becoming a crazed killer or vengeful victimizer of men,
Niki de St. Phalle's fury -- some of which stemmed from having been
sexually abused by her father -- fostered a fecund creativity, that
served her well throughout her prolific career."
Creativity: redeeming our inner demons
with Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D.
making movies, time is so short -- because it is so expensive -- that
we tend to neglect the place from which the best ideas come, namely
that part of ourselves that dreams.
unconscious is our best