Pearls from artists* # 138

April 8, 2015

 

A corner of Barbara's studio

A corner of Barbara’s studio

* an ongoing series of quotations – mostly from artists, to artists – that offers wisdom, inspiration, and advice for the sometimes lonely road we are on.

BM:  … so many artists value the sense of retaining something of the child, like the strangeness that children have where they’ll just make a gesture or say something that we filter as adults. 

MM:  Sometimes people think that it is childish, but it’s not, it is child-like.  People get confused.  One of the things we are trying to do as artists – it’s not romantic – is to get to a point where we are seeing things in a fresh way, in a way that we’ve never seen them before, the way children do.  So we are acknowledging the magic in every moment we have.

BM:  And it’s not a form of nostalgia, but the history of an entire human being.

MM:  Exactly.  Rather than nostalgia it is teaching us how to be present.      

Conversations with Meredith Monk by Bonnie Marranca

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