Collected, but not mine. They’re sad and lonely just being sat in my sketchbooks. I’ve tried to link as many as possible to wherever I found them, initials are for things I’ve (over)heard or things that have been written to me, although some I never knew the person to start with or I’ve forgotten…

“She told me I could draw. I said I can’t draw, and she said you can no more not draw than you cannot draw breath.” John Hegley, Dog

“We sleep through our lives in a dreamless sleep. But where is our life? Where is our body? Where is our space?” Georges Perec, Approaches To What? (1973)

“Look at everything. Don’t close your eyes to the world around you. Look and become curious and interested in what there is to see.”

“Draw a straight line and follow it.” La Monte Young

“For me an object is alive. This cigarette, this box of matches – they contain a secret life more intimate than that of many human beings. When I see a tree, I get a shock, as though it were something that breathes, that talks.” Joan Miró (Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 5th January 2013)

“Make amazing mistakes.” Neil Gaiman

“An excursion into the unknown must be prepared with proper consideration.” Tove Jansson

“I still don’t really know what art is, but I enjoy it.” E.R.

“To envision information…is to work at the intersection of image, word, number, art.” Edward Tufte, Envisioning Information

“Your voices are powerful.” D.J.

“You might very well think that, I couldn’t possibly comment.”  Francis Urquhart, House of Cards

“A TWO DIMENSIONAL SURFACE WITHOUT ANY ARTICULATION IS A DEAD EXPERIENCE” John Baldessari (seen 18th December 2012, Metropolitan Museum, New York)

“I wish I made more mistakes.” D.H.

“If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.” Ludwig Wittgenstein

“I don’t know what I want to say, but, to try to say something, I think I want to try to think. I want to try to see what I think. I think trying is a big part of it, I think thinking is a big part of it, and I think wanting is a big part of it, but saying it is difficult, and I find saying trying and nearly always wanting. I want what I want to say to go without saying.” Martin Creed, I don’t know what I want to say

“Sensuous knowledge of hands.” Jo Barker, Drawing and Making: The Elements of Creativity, ECA, 7th December 2012

“I need you like a psycho needs a path.” John Hegley, I Need You

“The world is complex, dynamic, multidimensional; the paper is static, flat. How are we to represent the rich visual world of experience and measurement on mere flatland?” Edward Tufte, Envisioning Information

“Thinking through making things.” S.H.

“You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife. You may ask yourself, Well, how did I get here?” Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads

“There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” Morpheus, The Matrix

“The intermedial response can be applied to anything.” Allan Kaprow, The Education of the Un-Artist (1971)

“A book worth reading is worth buying.” John Ruskin

“If you keep going sometimes you get there.” Peter Fraser, ECA Friday Talk, 12th October 2012

“It may even be that evolution demands the creation of many dead ends on the way to interesting art.” Ken Friedman, Forty Years of Fluxus

“Wherever you’ve come from you belong here.” S.B.

“Palmpsest – paper which has been written upon twice, the original having been rubbed out.”

“You’ve got a lifetime of exploration.” E.R.

“Everything we do is music.” John Cage in The Medium is the Massage

“Sometimes these accidents are the way forward.” S.C.

“My advice to me is:

Shelve things
Kid yourself
Just enough to like yourself
Just enough to let yourself
Think that what you are doing is not a load of wank.” Martin Creed, Works

“Drawing and making are forms of thinking.”

“When everything is collapsing…you need to do things for yourselves.” S.H.

“The stories I was able to tell went beyond an evidence that could easily be a lie.” Trevor Paglen – Blank Spots On Maps (in: Dataesthetics 3)

“If art teaches us one thing it is patience.” C.S.

“You know, I sometimes think we Sort too soon…” Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“We must find the ways to say what has to be said…” Dick Higgins, Statement On Intermedia

“Art is life, and there is no wealth but life to mangle John Ruskin…” S.C.

“You couldn’t figure out where the actual art was.” Andrew Hunt, ECA Friday Talk, 15th February 2013

“If you’re going to make a mark, it may as well be a meaningful one. The simplest – and most useful – meaningful mark is a digit.” John Tukey in Envisioning Information

“Making something beautiful out of something horrendous.” S.H.

“…writing over the city…” Referring to Nights In This City, in Nick Kaye, Site-Specific Art

“You must always take risks when experimenting.” Snork Maiden in Finn Family Moomintroll, Tove Jansson

“The artist’s real work is in setting parameters… It’s about the courage to actualise ideas that transform passing thoughts – often trivial – into art.'” Kenneth Goldsmith

“To live is to leave traces.” Walter Benjamin

“Question your tea spoons.” Georges Perec, Approaches To What?

“Rule 4: consider everything an experiment” Sister Corita Kent/John Cage, 10 Rules for Students, Teachers, and Life

“If I knew what I thought I wouldn’t need to make anything.” S.H.

“In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it’s not boring at all but very interesting.” John Cage

“Things get better.” Paul Harrison, ECA Friday Talk, 23rd November

“You do understand, that’s the problem.” D.J.

“A series of experiments in making information approachable and beautiful.” David McCandless, Information Is Beautiful

“I’m trying to figure out how this whole art thing works.” M.S.

“When you grow up, do you want to be part of Fluxus? I do.” Dick Higgins, A Child’s History of Fluxus

“I’d rather have a book than a child.” B.T.

“Work is everything, I think. Everything is work. Everything that involves energy, mental or physical. So… everything, apart from being dead. Living…” Martin Creed, If you’re lonely…

“A sense of the sublime can be found anywhere.” Peter Fraser, ECA Friday Talk, 12th October 2012


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