Patti Smith has the sort of career and cultural impact that I’d think most artists aspire too have. She makes honest work and understands art and music in its true sense, or at least searches for that truth. Spin magazine got a chance to talk to her and she offered some classic words of inspiration. I’ve highlighted some of the dopest quotes but the whole interview is worth your time.
It’s important that an artist asks himself if the things he’s offering the world have merit. Are they of worth? Are they worth the paper they’re on, the amount of materials that went into making them?
Creating art is supposed to come from the highest part of one’s self, so naturally you’re going to have questions. …As an artist, one thinks, “What is the purpose of art? Can we make a difference? Is art just more pollution in an already polluted world?” There are a million questions one asks oneself….a lot of questions that I’m constantly asking myself as an artist about the process of art.
…My major concern was to do good work. That’s my main rule: The work has to be worthy. Everything else falls away after that. The important thing is really to do good work and to be able to step back from it and say, “I believe this is good work. I believe that it has worth in the world.”
I write every single day, even if it’s just a little. (More at SPIN)