Saturday, 18 October 2014
Dylan Thomas and Fitzrovia
article by Griff Rhys Jones Guardian 16.10.14
I love this account of Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia. Jones himself lives in this part of London and celebrates it as the "creative centre of Britain.. not perhaps the airy-fairy spiritual creative centre, but certainly the Grub Street hack coterie, make-a-living-off-my-wits writers, artists and chancers' creative centre".
Personally I like to keep my feet well on the ground. I like the challenge of being in contact with the public and testing myself against their reaction without the intermediary of galleries. I need the everyday reaction which is embedded in daily life, not in a separate and special way of being. That way I can remain strong and independent.
But this might be a limitation. Opening up to the support of other people's taste and giving yourself to them is a way of testing yourself as well. It is all too easy to get closed in when you work on your own.