Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Artificial distinction

INTERVIEWER
One critic has said, “The novel is only half secretly about art, the great subject of modern artists.” How do you feel about that?

DURRELL
The theme of art is the theme of life itself. This artificial distinction between artists and human beings is precisely what we are all suffering from. An artist is only someone unrolling and digging out and excavating the areas normally accessible to normal people everywhere, and exhibiting them as a sort of scarecrow to show people what can be done with themselves.