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25 August 2008 @ 11:29 am
Interesting Quote  
"Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything."
- Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863), Good Earth tea bag quote

I would argue further that the goal of perfection is to create a state in which you are inherently doomed to fail, but that's because I believe there is no perfect state.

I often translate my tattoo to mean, "Stop trying to be perfect" when a more literal translation is "If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial". That concept of "wholeness" was a "perfect" state to me when I was younger, indicated by a feeling of sated at ease contentment that I was always waiting for but had never felt. I felt so defeated that, no matter what I did, I seemed unable to attain it. It was only when I first read this quote that I ever felt ... complete. Sated. At ease. Content.

What do you think?
indie: daisyindiefic on August 25th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
it's not particularly relevant to this post, but the other day, my boss said "the only way to truly be one with another person is to have your boundaries clearly defined". I'd been meaning to share that with you for a week or so.
Kburgunder on August 25th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Huh! That's a really interesting way of putting it.
blackflymetadragon on August 26th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
"Perfect is the enemy of good." Heard it from a cool coworker in passing years ago. It stayed in my head, quietly, until just the other day when I uttered it among some friends. Glad it gets around!

Your quote from Eugene is why I stopped drawing years ago. :/
Kburgunder on August 26th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
Oh-ho! I love that alternate quote.

If it's been years, have you let go of the need to be perfect to give it another go? I have a lot of friends who have started tapping back into their artsy side now that we're in our 30s and don't expect masterpieces of ourselves and I'm finding it be good for the soul whether or not its a glory to the eye ;)
Cassandrakasiandra on August 26th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
It does have two interpretations - the negative "You suck, you'll never be perfect so stop trying", and the positive chide to stop searching for perfection because there is no such thing. The first jump though is the negative.. perhaps it's the way it's phrased?

Musicians struggle with this all of the time, with every note. We live in the digital, recorded age. We hear so much perfection over the radio and cd player that we forget a live performance can never be like that, and that IS the beauty of live performance. It will never be perfect and to expect such perfection is to court disappointment. We still strive for it though and we still kick ourselves when we don't reach it. Truth is, even if we did "reach perfection" we would still find some flaw or error that "ruined" the performance.
Kburgunder on August 26th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Ooo, you made me immediately think of some lines from an Ani Difranco song I love:

except all the radios agree with all the t.v.'s
and the magazines agree with all the radios
and i keep hearing that same damn song
everywhere i go
maybe i should put a bucket over my head
and a marshmallow in each ear
and stumble around for another dumb numb week
for another hum drum hit song to appear

People used to make records
As in a record of an event
the event of people
playing music in a room
now everything is cross-marketing
it's about sunglasses and shoes
or guns and drugs
you choose

... do you guys ever get recordings of the work you're doing? I'd be interested.
Cassandrakasiandra on August 26th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
There are a few CDs out there of the orchestra, and there are some unreleased recordings of us as well. Assuming you meant the orchestra and not OMA. If you meant my teaching gig, there's a video of my little group doing that. Let me know if you want the url. :)
Kburgunder on August 26th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
I want the url :)
fledermaus23 on August 26th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
One of my biggest problems was fear of being imperfect, and more - having people find out that I'm not perfect on something.

It's was actually only about a year ago that I accepted my imperfections would always be there and have the courage to admit them to others.

Life has been much better since.
et in Arcadia egobooapostle_of_eris on August 27th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
There's a Japanese word which I am surely doing some violence to, for the indispensable imperfection which is necessary for a work of craft to be utterly beautiful.
The somewhat asymmetric, organic, unflinchingly hand-made has superiority lost to the utterly "perfect."