from things that have happened and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing finer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality. That is why you write and for no other reason… E.HEMINGWAY

“The allotted function of art is not, as is often assumed, to put across ideas, to propogate thoughts, to serve as an example. The aim of art is to prepare a person for death. To plow and harrow his soul.” ANDREI TARKOVSKY

“As I see it, life is an effort to grip before they slip through ones fingers and slide into oblivion, the startling, the ghastly or the blindingly exquisite fish of the imagination, before they whip away into the endless current and are lost forever in oblivion’s black ocean.”

The purpose of art is to tidy up one’s interior and exterior worlds. MERVYN PEAKE

“One absorbs all these feelings and ideas: if one is lucky they undergo an alchemestic transformation into gold and that is creative work.” JOHN WELLS 1948

“The symbol is not an allegory and not a sign, but an image of a content that largely transcends consciousness.”

…to take memory and make it new – to take the forgotten dead of the past and bring them to life again, through memory. . . . the psyche is an instrument for both caring for and containing the past, and for reconciling it to the present. . . .the power of inspiration that dwelt in memories of loss.