Most of my writing usually feels to me like a bad idea, which makes it hard for me to know which ideas feel bad because they have merit, and which ones feel bad because they don’t.
—Maggie Nelson in The Argonauts, a book that pushed at all kinds of boundaries with a raw, searching honesty. This line made me see doubt as something to aspire to.
For me being an artist is like being an anatomist, taking things apart in order to make sense of them.
—Kate Scardifield in Museum Magazine, talking about her exhibition Soft Topologies, currently at UTS Gallery.
I think of drawing as a dance. And a dance is a drawing in space. If you don’t appreciate dancing, these things aren’t possible to create.
—Geta Brătescu in the New York Times.
Looking is, I feel, a vital aspect of existence. Perception constitutes our awareness of what it is to be human, indeed what it is to be alive.
—The indefatigable Bridget Riley. I’m not sure when she first said this. It’s resurfaced in press for her exhibition of new work at David Zwirner in London.
I think photography is always about loss. Lost moments, lost events, lost people, lost things.
—Photographer Anne Zahalka in an old Dumbo Feather interview.
For the readers or crowd, sometimes it’s just half an hour’s distraction or curiosity…The anxiety or striving you put in can sometimes be debilitating, and they won’t even notice. The answer isn’t to invest less, but to remember the stakes for the audience are sometimes not as high as they are for you.
—Writer/philosopher Damon Young on creativity and worrying about the right things. Interviewed by Madeleine Dore for Kill Your Darlings.