The following excerpts from Kent’s Autobiography (1958) reveal three different approaches to being present for artistic inspiration.
“Don’t try to arrive at your destination quickly—arrive wholly.—In imitation there is only partial arrival,—some miss the road,—some lag,—some may never catch up.—It is the WAY that has meaning, color, inference as it points toward final mystery. The end is apparently simple pure statement,—sublime,—with a ridiculous dependence on the means of arrival.”
“Both sculpture and pictures are images emerging from subconscious experience—physical, emotional, imaginary.—They are fears, premonitions, felt individually,—perhaps shared,—without words. They are autobiography.”
“We recognize true forms and relationships when we come upon them only by the way they suddenly make their impact, with sometimes a physical reaction,—a jolt,—a shock of electricity. Then you know you are hot,—it is their heat you react to.”