“I once had a friend congratulate me on the fact that I had managed to keep art as my illegal activity. This does not mean that I was involved in anything that would draw the ire of authorities, or even censorship, or a proper gasp. I think my friend was thinking of illegal art as something unsanctioned. For many years whatever I made was certainly unnoticed, and certainly private. It was not so much unsanctioned as simply unrecognized or unseen. I kept it alive. There is no need to discuss whether or not this was a good or a bad decision. At the end of the day I still appreciated this phrase because if there was approval or support, my youngest drawings and paintings would not have formed. I do not think of them as illegal so much as I think of them as mine.
And then well…
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