It seems that the artistic personality has a certain contrariness to it.
If you’re conventional, then perhaps there’s no impulse to create.
~Corduroy Mansions (Alexander McCall Smith)
In the Crow's Nest Quilt
It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with [her]self.
In a way, all our human systems, our culture, music, literature, painting - all of that - was effectively an attempt to make life more bearable, to enable us to get by.
~La’s Orchestra Saves the World
(Alexander McCall Smith)