I must admit that I have never read any of William Faulkner’s work (I know, shame on me!), but I just happened upon this quote of his while searching for new quotes for my wall plaques, and it resonated. I must admit that the thought that something I make will be treasured by a family for years, bringing joy to each family member, is exhilarating. Faulkner perfectly captured that nebulous desire of every artist: to make work that matters and work that breaths a life of its own, separate from the artist.
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
– William Faulkner