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Annie Dillard on artists

February 16, 2013

“How can people think that artists seek a name? A name, like a face, is something you have when you’re not alone.

 

There is no such thing as an artist: there is only the world, lit or unlit as the light allows.

 

When the candle is burning, who looks at the wick? When the candle is out, who needs it? But the world without light is wasteland and chaos, and a life without sacrifice is abomination.

 

What can any artist set on fire but his world? …What can an artist use but materials, such as they are? What can he light but the short string of his gut, and when that’s burnt out, any muck ready to hand?”

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