'The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst o the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.''
from 'Invisible Cities' (1972): Italo Calvino
... makingclayweep ...
'to find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now'.
... monolith ...
a work of 'art' can be viewed as a kind of conversation - a locus of differing meanings, interpretations, and points of view...
... come to mine ...
' ... it is not the business of the artist to function politically in any material or organizational sense to bring about change in the world, but to do so through the example of [her] art.'
'Not Just A Few Ae Called, But Everyone': (Attitudes to Form), Joseph Beuys
... vexations ...
''art' is more about perception and the way one interacts with the world than about what one makes'.
... waiting ...
... I will be wise, / And just, and free, and mild, if in me lies / Such power, for I grow weary to behold / The selfish and the strong still tyrannise / Without reproach or check.'
from 'Laon and Cythna or The Revolution of the Golden City': (1818): P B Shelley
'act/s: ... of protest and persuasion ...'
'act: ... waiting| talking| listening...'
Location: '... a stone bench, beneath a tree, overlooking Plymouth Sound...'
The Hoe, PlymouthPL1 2NY
Date: 22/23/24 September 2017 (Plymouth Art Weekender)