Death of the Artist

Putting a single line to paper can be an excruciating process that requires a constant confrontation of muses & demons, of desires & fears that are buried deep within the writer.

My days bleed into each other, and I find myself compulsively writing the same line again and again, retracing each letter, reciting each vowel. Before I know it, a hundred nights have passed, and the same line is still caught in the back of my throat, itching at the tips of my fingers.

I believe that at some point, the artist ceases to exist; when I write, my identity is erased. “diana” becomes irrelevant to the words on the page. What we are left with is the collaboration between the art and the audience. I dedicate this space to my own collaborations, my daily deaths and rebirths, and invite you to engage with yourself, and with art and writing in new and unexpected ways.

Language as Possibility

How do you use your words?

Take a minute and really consider how you used language today.

I’ve found that in the age of social media, of instant communication and gratification, our relationship with language has suffered tremendously. We’ve become lazy – robots of convention, etiquette, and political correctness.

Taking language for granted is one of our deepest failures.

It is in the space between words where revolutions are born and thrive.

This is not a critique of our use of slang, abbreviations, or even emojis. In fact, I firmly believe in the fluidity of language. It is precisely because of its ever-changing nature that I encourage the people around me to study the way we use language carefully. There is truth behind this idea of “speaking things into existence.”

We are governed by words; when we master them, we are able to deconstruct realities and explore possibilities.

Language lives and breathes on its own, is representative of our cultural and political climates. Our identities depend on our mastery of the tongue, and I strongly believe that part of mastering language is being able to create our own rules.

Learn the rules — Master them — Break them — Make your own rules.

Break those too.

Remember – your words are your most lethal weapon.