1a] Before beginning to work; let go of all of your desires and ideas. Let go of all of your knowledge and ability. Become inwardly silent and at peace. Watch all your thoughts and feelings arise and let them return to silence. Remember that all music arises out of silence; all forms out of formlessness, all desires out of emptiness, all activities out of stillness. Remember that all things return to that from which they arise.
2] If you forget this you will try to rely on knowledge and technique and on your ideas and desires. These things are too limited to rely on. If you can let go into selfless abandon the creative harmony will rise up within you and your truest nature will be expressed, your most authentic desires fulfilled, your finest ideas articulated, your deepest knowledge exposed. If you wish to live as a mastercraftsman, lose yourself within the creative harmony.
ď... I find that my
greatest difficulty and the really most painful and difficult part of my
work is draining and ridding my mind of that burden of meanings which Iíve
absorbed through the culture - things that seem to have something to do
with art but donít have anything to do with art at all... The duty of the
artist is to rid himself of that burden. I think itís an extremely difficult
thing to do. I would not say that I have achieved it, because every time
you work, you have to do it all over again, to rid yourself of this dross.
I suppose for a person who is not an artist or not attempting art, it is
not dross, because it is the common exchange of everyday life. But I think
art is quite apart from that and you have to really rid yourself of those
securities and certainties and assumptions and get down to something which
is closer and resembles some kind of blankness. Then one must construct
again out of this reduced circumstance. Thatís another way, perhaps, of
an art poverty; one has to impoverish oneís mind. This is not a repudiation
of the past or such things, but it is really getting rid of what I call
Carl Andre, ď An interview with Carl AndreĒ Artforum, June, 1971