Quotations by Meredith Monk

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Born: Friday, November 20, 1942
Profession: Composer
Nationality: American

I somehow sensed when I was a teenager that I wanted to do my own work. I was quite clear that I didn't want to be an interpretative kind of artist. I had an intuition about wanting to create my own form, in one way or another, whatever that would be.
- Meredith Monk
(Keywords: Work, Artist, Intuition, Want)

I think about that "empty" space a lot. That emptiness is what allows for something to actually evolve in a natural way. I've had to learn that over the years - because one of the traps of being an artist is to always want to be creating, always wanting to produce.
- Meredith Monk
(Keywords: Artist, Being, Space, Want, Years)

Sometimes in the past when I was going to perform a piece again I would listen to old recordings and try to reproduce the material. This time I realized that carrying around old information, trying to get everything in, and still be in the moment just doesn't work.
- Meredith Monk
(Keywords: Time, Work, Information, Old, Past, Trying)

That inner voice has both gentleness and clarity. So to get to authenticity, you really keep going down to the bone, to the honesty, and the inevitability of something.
- Meredith Monk
(Keywords: Honesty, Clarity, Voice)

Yes, the more I go through life I realize that there's really no separation between practice and art at all. The two things more and more become one rather than two different aspects of my life.
- Meredith Monk
(Keywords: Art, Life, Practice, Separation)

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