“I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.”
“to feel the anguish of waiting for the next moment and of taking part in the complex current (of affairs) not knowing that we are headed toward ourselves, through millions of stone beings – of bird beings – of star beings – of microbe beings – of fountain beings toward ourselves”
“You deserve the best, the very best, because you are one of the few people in this lousy world who are honest to themselves, and that is the only thing that really counts.”
“I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.”
“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”
I keep seeing quotes by her floating around everywhere on social media or on blogs and thought I’d jump on the bandwagon. Despite her being an artist, so many of these can be applied to writers too. Always that correlation between art and writing. There’s just something so raw, honest and unapologetically self-focused about her and her work. Somehow, while it can be called self-absorbed, it becomes something positively celebrated as opposed to negative despite the subjects of her paintings. I guess because it’s done in a more artistic and sophisticated way than we are used to seeing nowadays.. Because why shouldn’t we take all our pain, happiness and experience and dash it all out on paper or canvas? Some of us are living the best stories we could ever tell. I salute those who have the imagination and will to step out of themselves completely, but for those like me who often draw from ‘the self’ and take it into fiction, people like these are pretty inspirational when you get stuck on writing and begin to doubt yourself. And I’m always a sucker for any stoic, enduring, outspoken female who had no other way to express herself but therapeutically through art. I’m now going to spend the rest of my day on the internet, rewatching the film based on her.