“Instead of art aspiring towards lifelikeness what if life aspires towards art, towards a creative, controlled focus of freedom?”
~Jeanette Winterson, “Testimony Against Gertrude Stein,” Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery
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I rather see an end to aspiration, where each is just what it is.
Perhaps the idea is that this is how life would appear in the absence of aspiration. Regardless, this quote resonates with me for the phrase “creative, controlled focus of freedom,” which sounds as though taken directly from the Sudbury literature. I find the notion of art emerging from a balance of focus and freedom tremendously appealing.
Oooh, I love that quote. It’s juicy. I liked Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Did you read that?
Not yet, Emma! I’ve read two of her novels, a short story, and most of these essays, and consider her a true artist.
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