Sunday, June 25, 2006

It's raining cats and dogs in Maryland. Caught a snippet of an interview with Michael Stipe on TV last night, and said a lovely thing, more or less this: An artist begins at the bottom of a circle in which they know nothing. Then they progress clockwise up the circle until they're at its summit, at which point they know everything there is to know about their chosen medium, materials, etc. If they stop there, they become a craftsperson. But an artist is to keep going, to forget what you've learned and go back to the bottom of the circle (the zero of the circle) and become a beginner again, start the process over again, be willing to make mistakes again.

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