Monday, October 01, 2007

Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here

In Dante's Divine Comedy above the entrance to Hell, The sign says, "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." I was thinking about putting this inscription above the entrance to my studio. Not because my studio is like hell. Actually just the opposite. In order to have the best attitude toward art making you must abandon your hopes. Seek to be in the moment and be present in the creative space. Leave the past behind and forget your ambitions. Sometimes I take the art too seriously. It screws the work up. Hope is a good thing until until it keeps you from working through.

My friend Juliet Wyers sings about a similar idea in her song Clear.

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