Artists’ predilection for writing: Anne Truitt

…sitting up in bed every morning and writing for as long a time as seemed right. The only limitation I set was to let the artist speak. My hope was that if I did this honestly I would discover how to see myself from a perspective that would render myself whole in my own eyes…

The pain of poets seems to me unmitigated. They are denied the physical activity of studio work, which in itself makes a supportive context for thought and feeling. In my twenties, when I was writing poetry steadily, I heard words at a high pitch. On the deep, full notes of three-dimensional form, demanding for its realization the physical commitment of my whole body, I floated into spaciousness. Using all my faculties, I could plumb deeper, without sinking forever. Poetry was drawn out of my life, pulled out into lines. Sculpture is not. The works stand as I stand; they keep me company. I realize this clearly here because I miss them. I brought only table sculptures with me. In making my work, I make what comforts me and is home for me.


Truitt, Anne. Daybook: The Journal of an Artist . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

Truitt, A., & Niffenegger, A. (2013). Daybook the journal of an artist. New York, N.Y: Scribner.

photo source https://lux.org.uk/work/anne-truitt-working


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