• Letisia Cruz

When Your Sketchbook Illustration Looks Like Joyce Carol Oates

I drew this the other night and titled it "Seed of the Mangrove Forest." Then realized she looks like Joyce Carol Oates. Should've titled it Joyce of the Forest. Or something. Don't know, need more coffee.

Get outta my head, JCO!

Joyce Carol Oates on art and writing:

"Art does the same things dreams do. We have a hunger for dreams and art fulfills that hunger. So much of real life is a disappointment. That's why we have art."

“My belief is that art should not be comforting; for comfort, we have mass entertainment and one another. Art should provoke, disturb, arouse our emotions, expand our sympathies in directions we may not anticipate and may not even wish.”

“We work in the dark—we do what we can—we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.”

"Art is fueled by rebellion: the need, in some amounting to obsessions, to resist what is, to defy one's elders, even to the point of ostracism; to define oneself, and by extension one's generation, as new, novel, ungovernable."

"Art originates in play — in improvisation, experiment, and fantasy; it remains forever, in its deepest instincts, playful and spontaneous, an exercise of the imagination analogous to the exercising of the physical body to no purpose other than ecstatic release."

Joyce Carol Oates on the heart:

" . . . there is a wish in the heart of mankind to be distracted and confused. Truth is but one attraction, and not always the most powerful."

“That glass sliver in the heart. Amid a fluttery-delicious Benzedrine rush, virtually every remark made to you is freighted with destiny, a sweet-painful stab in the heart. And Benzedrine and champagne, what a combination! The Blond Actress was only just discovering what everybody else in Hollywood knew.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

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