Friday, January 28, 2005






"Beuys regarded himself above all as an individual attempting to deal with healing and his two great phrases about creativity were 'everyone is an artist', which is in itself a great healing phrase, and, perhaps less well known, 'show your wound'. Most of us go through life hiding our wounds or managing as best we can. The idea of 'show your wound' is a devastatingly radical one which lays you open to all sorts of vulnerabilities, obviously. But Beuys regarded 'show your wound' as the secret to being an artist. You weren't showing your magnificence and your wealth of ideas and your huge creativity, you were showing your vulnerability. And it was your vulnerability that people picked up on. the perception of your vulnerability as a person and as an artist that sparked the creativity in other people."(Tate Modern Talk: Caroline Tisdall Joseph Beuys: Bits and Pieces)