A Quote from Sally Mann

December 4, 2016

“Ordinary art is what I am making.  I am a regular person doggedly making regular art.  But as Ted Orland and David Bayles point out in their book Art and Fear, “ordinary art” is the art most of us, those of us not Proust or Mozart, actually make.  If Proust-like genius were the prerequisite for art, then statistically speaking very little of it would exist.  Art is seldom the result of true genius; rather, it is the product of hard work and skills learned and tenaciously practiced by regular people.  In my case, I practice my skills despite repeated failures and self-doubt so profound it can masquerade as conceit.  It’s not heroic in any way.  To the contrary, it’s plodding, obdurate effort.  I make bad picture after bad picture week after week until the relief comes: the good picture that offers benediction.”


— Sally Mann, photographer

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