Thursday, July 11, 2013
Thoughtful Thursday-Anne Truitt
Sometime during the course of their development, they [artists] have to forge a character subtle enough to nourish and protect and foster the growth of the part o themselves that makes art, and at the same time practical enough to deal with the world pragmatically. They have to maintain a position between care of themselves and care of their work in the world, just as they have to sustain the delicate tension between intuition and sensory information.
This leads to the uncomfortable conclusion that artists are, in this sense, special because they are intrinsically involved in a difficult balance not so blatantly precarious in other professions. The lawyer and the doctor practice their callings. The plumber and the carpenter know what they will be called upon to do. They do not have to spin their work out of themselves, discover its laws, and then present themselves turned inside out to the public gaze.
Anne Truitt website with lots of images of her work
Smithsonian article by Kathy June-Frisen on Anne Truitt from 2009
PBS post on Anne Truitt by Meaghan Wilson and Talea Miller including video