Saturday, March 05, 2005

Judith Selby

AHN: What advise do you have for other artists who wish to use their creativity to effect positive change in the world?
Selby: Do something every day. It takes two things to be an artist; a good hand and a good seat. The hand is to craft and the seat is to sit still and remain present. It is a matter of developing the habit, the creative habit. Like flossing, you do it every day. It takes practice, it takes awareness, and then it develops its own momentum.The job of the artist is to attune to mumbllings and mispronunciations, to embrace the ambiguity of things glimpsed out of the corner of the eye. Artists must learn to trust what they think they donÕt see. And then, beyond the flash of insight or the thrill of that "first "vision, there is the hard work of bringing that vision into the world. Stamina and skill are required and an unfaltering belief in the vision.Sometimes it is luck, just being in the right place at the right timeÉto make yourself open... to be available to see... the see the baby bottle or the ballot box lid and then to have the wherewithal to bring it to the world.

Interview at Arts & Healing Network

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