And more here on line in Falstaff’s blog.
Discussion here on autobiography & art, and made a post – I’ll paste below.
Loved your blog, this post & great discussion. I am opting for the value of the whole story, art + artist. Art lives in it’s context. What counts is not just the thing there in front of you but how it connects. It may be that it is a radically new use of a medium. Or that it it breaks conserved custom like the PreRaphaelites did. Maybe that the artist was ridiculed for their work is part of that story. The pain would be inherent in that work.
I am thinking of alchemy. There was a time when scientists related the life force in their flasks to their own life force, after all both came from God. Maybe objectivity was needed in a while in science, but it is a bit sad IMO to transfer that to art.
As a psychotherapist I guess I am used to seeing the personal story in art & art in the personal story.
Make it OK again to be autobiographical, to be personal. These things get frowned out with phrases like “indulgent”.
I think the kitten is more interesting now that we know it was saved, I’ll clap & cheer for the swimmer too!