Shaun Tan writes and illustrates picture books - beautiful creations. His book, The Red Tree, is one of my favourites.
"A nameless young girl appears in every picture, a stand-in for ourselves; she passes helplessly through many dark moments, yet ultimately finds something hopeful at the end of her journey."
Anyway, the thing that's resonated with me enough to write a blog about it is this quote of his I came across a few days ago:
The artists’ responsibility lies first and foremost with the work itself, trusting that it will invite the attention of others by the force of its conviction.
It's the first bit of the sentence that has struck me. It's not that I haven't heard something like that before, or felt it, it's maybe that it articulates it better than I've heard before. Or that it's come at a time when being reminded of that is good for me.
What do you think? Do you agree? If you're a writer, who is your responsibility to?