Marcel Duchamp : “I like living, breathing better than working... my art is that of living. Each second, each breath is a work which is inscribed nowhere, which is neither visual nor cerebral, it's a sort of constant euphoria.”
I am a former academic (University of Newcastle School of Fine Arts Australia 1992-1994 and Charles Sturt University School of Visual and Performing Arts Australia 1995—2011) and an ex-artist (1987—2005) 1.
When I gave up making art I said: ‘There are already too many things in the world and I want to stop adding to them.’ The irony 2 of the fact that, ten years later there are thousands of copies of a book in the world with my name on it is not lost on me, but my hope is that those books will be or have been or are being read — and that the books being in the world will make a difference to some people who are suffering — and this will be more than I ever achieved by making art or writing and talking about it.
When I gave up teaching I said: ‘Arrrrrrgh!’ 3