'Just Kids' is a memoir by Patti Smith about her early years with Robert Mapplethorpe. Though I've never been particularly drawn to either artist individually - don't get me wrong I understand that both have influenced many of the artists I do love- there is something so intriguing to me about their relationship. The early years of which the New York Times described as “bohemian soul mates in obscurity.”
One thing I admire greatly about both is their need to create. I read a quote a while ago by Miss Smith that has stuck with me nearly every night in that moment just before sleep.
“A day doesn’t go by where I don’t create something,” says Smith. “Sometimes it’s a rough day and I’m about to go to sleep at eleven o’clock, but I’ll get my Polaroid and take pictures of a series of things. Then I go to bed really happy because I have something to look at, something I did.”
Time to make something.