‘Art is of the animal. It comes not from something uniquely human – reason, recognition, intelligence, or sensibility – nor from any of man’s higher accomplishments – a special inclination to the aesthetic or the ethical, to beauty or goodness – but from something excessive in the world, from what is unable to be predicted, from the animal. What is most artistic in us is also the most bestial. Art comes from that excess, in the world, in objects, in living things, which enables them to be more than they are, to give more than themselves, their material properties and possible uses, than is readily given in them. Art is the consequence of that excess, that energy or force, that puts life at risk for the sake of intensification, for the sake of sensation itself – not simply for pleasure or for sexuality, as psychoanalysis might suggest – but for what cMORE
These characters are here expressed as belonging to the building; as belonging to the builder, they would be expressed thus:-1. Savageness or Rudeness. 2. Love of Change. 3. Love of Nature. 4. Disturbed Imagination.5.Obstinacy. 6. Generosity.
From ‘On Art and Life’ Ruskin, John. p 5
Of particular interest is Ruskin’s conflation of Redundance with Generosity; ‘The uncalculating bestowal of the wealth of its labour.’MORE