An ongoing stream of thoughts from artists and critics that resonate with me

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”

– Susan Sontag

“For within the sacred quadrangle of the painting or video or photograph, or indeed gallery space, within this temenos, all objects, images, actions, and materials are paradigmatic of the moral self of the maker, his or her actual self, or ideal self, and with it is carried a proposal for the constituency of all individuals within society, and beyond that the nature of ideal society itself. This means that Bacon’s work is a record of his state and the state of society”

– Extract from Christopher Bucklow’s Essay ‘The Lens Within the Heart: Bacon’s Memory Theatre’, within ‘Bacon and the Mind: Art, Neuroscience and Psychology’ page 16

“My illustrious lordhip, I’ll show you what a woman can do” – Artemisa Gentileschi”

– Artemisa Gentileschi

“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all”

– Michaelangelo

“I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is”

– Jean Michel Basquiat

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unkown known is the important thing – and keeping all the unknown always beyong you”

– Georgia O’Keefe

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