Saturday, August 05, 2006

Passage from "Wherever You Go, There You Are"

"The only way you can do anything of value is to have the effort come out of non-doing and to let go of caring whether it will be of use or not. Otherwise, self-involvement and greediness can sneak in and distort your relationship to the work, or the work itself, so that it is off in someway, biased, impure, and ultimately not completely satisfying, even if it is good."
~John Kabat-Zinn

Interesting to think about in relationship to art-making... Thinking of whether an artwork will "be of use or not." And also thinking of the way in which our hidden motives present themselves, whether we know them or not, in the final product, whether we are able to see them or not. When we can "smell" something is awry in our work or in the work of others... maybe this is part of what we are detecting.


Blogger Steven LaRose said...

I love the idea that we can smell quality.

11:40 PM  

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