♦ The Source ♦
A: I’m not interested in collaboration; I just want to make things.
B: Don’t you value the thoughts of others?
A: Discussion and feedback? That’s for insecure students. I want to earn it on my own.
B: You’re being foolish.
A: Why would you need others?
B: Why would you choose to isolate yourself?
A: They only dilute the work.
B: Creativity cannot survive in a vacuum, don’t you know that?
A: It should come through you alone.
B: It sometimes needs others to catalyse.
A: You are the lightning rod.
B: You seem to think of art as individual ideas, not an organic process.
B: Not a conversation, but a monologue.
A: Artistic process is a singular pursuit.
B: No, it’s a mutual experience.
A: Any man who seeks partnership is a poor artist.
B: You’ve cut yourself off from the source, and as such I think you will stagnate.
A: I’d rather stagnate on my own than drown underneath others.
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Abi Dryburgh graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in 2014 and is now a bit bewildered. www.abidryburgh.com