The Insufficiency in The Self
Why does one become an artist?
There needs to be some gap some lack which provokes someone to spend 20 or 30 years making drawings having to leave tracings of themselves. I am sure it has to do with the need to see oneself in other people’s looking at what you have made. as if you are not enough in yourself. A need to be a snail leaving a trail of yourself as you walk through the world. I call it the radical gap in the center, the insufficiency in the self. As if it is only in the reflection of other people looking at these traces, that one finds one’s existence.
text : William Kentridge, from "Anti-Entropy, The Refusal of Time" (Harvard Norton Lectures)
image : Anything is Possible, 2010.
video : Invisible Mending, 2003.