Whatever it expresses -
even destruction and ruin - 
the artistic image
is by definition an embodiment of hope,
it is inspired by faith.
Artistic creation 
is by definition a denial of death. 
Therefore it is optimistic,
even if in an ultimate sense the artist is tragic.
And so there can never be
optimistic artists and pessimistic artists.
There can only be talent and mediocrity.

In INSTANT LIGHT - Tarkovsky Polaroids
© Thames & Hudson 2004



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