It’s very common for people in the visual arts to feel that we’re not contributing enough, or worse that all we’re doing is contributing to landfill.. . But I’ve come to believe that truly imaginative visual work is extremely important in society. Just in the way that I’m inspired by books and magazines of all kinds conversations I have, movies, so I also think when I put visual work out there into the mass media, work that is interesting, unusual, intriguing, work that maybe opens up that sense of inquiry in the mind, that I’m seeding the imagination of the populous. And you just never know who is going to take something from that and turn it into something else. Because inspiration is cross pollinating. So A piece of mine may inspire a playwright, or a novelist or a scientist, and that in turn may be the seed that inspires a doctor, or a philanthropist, or a babysitter. And this isn’t something that you can quantify, or track, or measure. And we tend to undervalue things in society that we can’t measure. But I really believe that a fully operating , rich society, needs these seeds coming from all directions and all disciplines in order to keep the gears of inspiration and imagination flowing and cycling and growing.“

Marion Bantjes: Intricate Beauty By Design
TED

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