And this is a quote that made me catch my breath because it felt so right to me, he says, "The things that I really relate to, is when I read something that has articulated something that I've felt but haven't been able to articulate, and I find that incredibly moving and I find an incredible sense of community in that... If I offer myself, there is a chance that somebody else will feel connected because they felt that and even if the story is sad you can be connected in your sadness and the sadness of being a human being."
It sounds to me like an explanation of how making art can be an act of great compassion and why self expression is an integral thread in the fabric of society. He is speaking about writing , but it's equally true of visual art. The visual image has the power to connect and transmit an impression/idea/emotion even more quickly to the human consciousness than words can. I know when a work of art has touched me before I understand why. I'm so in love with that feeling - that welling up of emotion - like something in me has become unblocked because someone else has expressed it and somehow that image has found it's way to me and I know that I am not alone. I think I'm such a movie fan because film blends images and spoken words, which makes for an immediate and deep impact. But I also like the slow pace of taking in a still image and the ambiguity of a single image that allows the viewer to shape his own experience of the art, whereas some movies can leave one feeling as if his emotions have been manipulated.
On a different note, here is photo of two new figures in progress.