Can’t Carry It Alone

“As artists we seem to desire like no one else – a desire that often pushes us to the point of madness. We don’t just feel a range of intense emotions; we feel the need to express them to others. Express as a expel. Rant. Rage. Purge. Get them out of our heads and bodies and into the world. Onto the paper, the canvas, the keys. Get it away from us, we seem to be saying – this pain, this joy, this madness; take it away so we no longer have to carry the burden. Because we can’t carry it alone, and we can’t keep it inside.”

– Rachel M. Harper, Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness

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