Monday, December 18, 2006
Non-ownership of Creativity
“The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.”
- Novalis (Friedrich Von Hardenberg)
Novalis transformed Fichte’s Nicht-Ich ("not I") to a Du ("you"), an equal subject to the Ich ("I"). This was the starting point for his Liebesreligion ("religion of love").
Perhaps the reason artists live to paint is because they feel that the Self,
in the form of Art, is - in a way - painting them, rather than the other way around.