In honour of the late great bell hooks we present a selection of quotes where she discusses the purpose and value of art in contemporary society.
The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is – it’s to imagine what is possible.Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations, 2012.
“Some people act as though art that is for a mass audience is not good art, and I think this has been a very negative thing. I know that I have wanted very much to write books that are accessible to the widest audience possible.”in Conversation with Maya Angelou, 1998.
No Black woman writer in this culture can write ‘too much’. Indeed, no woman writer can write ‘too much’ … No woman has ever written enough.”Remembered Rapture: The Writer At Work, 1999.
“The uses of time, the choices we make with respect to what to think and write about, are part of visual politics… As we think and write about visual art, as we make spaces for dialogue across boundaries, we engage in a process of cultural transformation that will ultimately create a revolution in vision.”Art on My Mind: Visual Politics, 1995.
“The art that I make is intentional. The stories are personal, and I draw on African-American experience – that to me is the foundation – but the values in my work transcend the specific and address the universal as well.”Art on My Mind: Visual Politics, 1995.