Thursday, March 31, 2011

stop your complaining already (expletives included)

Often times when those bouts of insecurity hit when living your life as an artist, I always find it helpful to read this letter from Sol LeWitt to painter/sculptor Eva Hesse, in response to her letters discussing the uncertainty in her work. (and yes...there are a few expletives that follow...)

"You seem as always, and being you, hate every minute of it. Don't! Learn to say 'F*** You' to the world once in a while. You have every right to. Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder, wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, gasping, confusing, itching, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, rumbling, rambling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-sh**ing, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose-sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eying, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding grinding grinding away at yourself. Stop it and just DO"

"...You are not responsible for the world_you are only responsible for your work, so do it. And don't think that your work has to conform to any idea or flavor. It can be anything you want it to be. But if life would be easier if you stopped working then stop. Don't punish yourself. However, I think that it is so deeply engaged in you that it would be easier to DO."

{excerpt from book, Eva Hesse by Lucy Leppard}

...definitely something I need to hear every now and then...expletives included


Dawn D. Sokol said...

Yeah, I needed to hear this. Especially lately. I think I'm too worried about what I'm doing and how it will "perform". Thank you for this.

**EYE-SNACKS** said...

Yes,me too.Thank for showing!It is a great help.

mummysam said...

good to know we have company, right?
And it always feels good knowing that someone as talented as Eva Hesse struggled through these issues as well. I have always felt that if you aren't going through these stumbling blocks, then you aren't growing as an artist. The transitions can often be stressful and full of doubt, until that one great piece comes along that confirms why you just can't stop.

orangedogdesign said...

Thank you so much for sharing! What profound advice!

You are such an amazing, talented artist! And I am so happy and inspired by your work, book and wonderful words. We have the bunny family and sweet carriage for our fourth baby that you made—every morning I look at them and smile, so happy and inspirational to me! Thank you so much for sharing your talent, your work, your mommyhood and your behind the scenes with all of us. All of us out here are truly thankful for you!

Elizabeth said...


mummysam said... cheeks are crazy red right now! you are much too kind, and of course I remember you!
so so good to hear from you....

thanks Elizabeth!

dls said...

Thanks for sharing this.... it comes at an appropriate time. Am always comparing my art to that of others and thinking "why didn't I do that....." Am trying to learn not to be afraid of creating and just do and do more!

Thank you again!