". . . Everything
is gestation and then bringing forth. To let each impression and each
germ of feeling come to completion wholly in itself, in the dark,
in the inexpressible, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one's own
intelligence, and await with deep humility and patience the birth-hour
of a new clarity: that alone is living the artist's life, in
understanding and in creating.
is no measuring in time, no year matters, and ten years are nothing.
Being an artist means, not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the
tree which does not force its sap and stands confident in the storms of
spring without fear that after them may come no summer."
"The creative process, so far as we are able to
follow it at all, consists in the unconscious activation of an
archetypal image and elaborating and shaping the image into the finished
work. By giving it shape, the artist translates it into the language of
the present and so makes it possible for us to find our way back to the
deepest springs of life."
-- R. M. Rilke (from Letters to a
-- Carl G. Jung
"Myth must be kept alive. The people who can keep
it alive are the artists of one kind or another. The function of the
artist is the mythologization of the environment and the world."
-- Joseph Campbell