The intractable questions that flicker around the edges of our contemplation are best addressed by attending to the play of particular impressions and examples. If we pause to figure out what is happening before our eyes, we may yet catch a glimpse of that rare, perhaps mythical bird, the subjective universal.
~A. O. Scott, Better Living Through Criticism
We must learn to see more, to hear more, to feel more. Our task is not to find the maximum amount of content in a work of art, much less to squeeze more content out of the work than is already there. Our task is to cut back content so that we can see the thing at all. The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art - and, by analogy, our own experience - more, rather than less, real to us.
~Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation
I find that memory "tells" me more than I know that I know, as if it operates as a generative force in itself. It unexpectedly juxtaposes various facets of my experience, to some of which I do not recall having paid particular attention. I trust my memory. I count on its validity as a sound foundation for imagination.
~Anne Truitt, Prospect: The Journal of an Artist