Drawings by my budday Emma Binder
"One of the things that dismays me the most is the way poets are so awfully weak and dull and often such bureaucrats. And because I have had those offers and I’ve tasted what it feels like to be in those positions so I’m not speaking frivolously. When I say there is a difference staking your life against something or pretending you can serve two or three masters. I mean, money is always going to be a problem. Even rich people have money problems. Always going to be money trouble. Every great film no matter how big or small the budget has had money problems. Those things will always be there. Living in a physical body always poses problems, your gonna have to take a crap or cum too soon. It’s not always going to work out exactly in the beautiful way your soul feels it should and that comes with living in the physical world. Something that Claire Denis said to once to a student, she had asked us to introduce ourselves and this girl replied that for money I do this but I also do this. And Claire is like a real bulldog and laid into her for like an hour saying what do you mean for money one thing and for yourself another, you only have one life. It doesn’t mean you can only make one kind of work of art or only one thing. If you’re an artist really not just a person who is intelligent and sorta good at a few things, which a lot of people are. If your an artist you have to serve. And that means it has to mean your life and if you do that you will be happy because your serving. And now I’m speaking a little like Miss Cleo but it’s the truth because you will always know who you are or where you are. You can be totally various but can’t divide your soul."
- Ariana Reines, interview with Minor Progression (2011)
Nicola Samori - Lamina, 2010 - oil on wood