psychoanalysis and art

6th April 2020. Yesterday I watched an episode of Imagine, with Alan Yentob talking to Anish Kapoor. It was both exciting and a relief to hear Kapoor articulate ideas that I have been wrestling with for some time. I have always loved his work, the way he creates an interior space that opens out into the universe.  He talked about how psychoanalysis had helped him identify the roots of his ideas. He spoke about moments, often quite late on in a process, when he recognises where the work has come from. He spoke about how work can have its own voice, can speak for itself; how, if a piece works for him, then he trusts it will work for someone else; and how the work requires a viewer to come alive, because his work is about an experience and does not require knowledge of the language of art to be appreciated. He said that if art does not come from the unconscious, then it is nothing.

the days pass

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