One must know that when deciding to become an artist - it is an irresistable attraction - that there are no guarantees of success, rewards, recognition, etc. One chooses or is drawn to a life of producing works that have no practical use in a largely indifferent world. The way is not easy or comfortable. To be an artist you must love art - and you must respect and find a haven for yourself in your work. It is important in life to find a basic pleasure - intellectual, sensual, kinetic, touch, smell, sight ... "the shape, the sense, the feel of things" (Hilda Doolittle). Life in general is a miraculous phenomenon full of contradiction for all.
Joan Jonas, Letters To A Young Artist

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