“One Egyptian word for sculpture was actually “he who keeps alive.””

— Gombrich

“Wherever there is first hand experience, searching passionate interest in things, and the translations of the experience into new and coherent forms, the shapes and colors of which are determined by the unique personality of the maker, there is art.”

— Thomas Craven

surrealist-phantoms:

“What should we be without the help of that which does not exist? Very little. And our unoccupied minds would languish if fables, mistaken notions, abstractions, beliefs, monsters, hypotheses and the so-called problems of metaphysics did not people with beings and objectless images our natural depths and darkness. Myths are the souls of our actions and our loves. We cannot act without moving toward a phantom. We can love only what we create.”

Paul Valéry, The Outlook for Intelligence