Something is happening on the stage FOR us so that it might not have to happen TO us, and that is extraordinarily powerful.
—Marjorie Garber of Hamlet
I wrote down silences, nights, I noted the inexpressible. I fixed vertigos.
—Arthur Rimbaud cited in Delmore Schwartz’s ‘Rimbaud in Our Time’
Carl Theodor Dreyer film still from Thorvaldsen (1949)
An oeuvre by itself does not exist, it is an optical illusion. It is only made by the people who look at it. You could invent a false artist.
Lucian Freud Ib Reading (1997)