Deleuze & Guattari on the Poor Health of Artists

by on Apr.26, 2011

“Artists are like philosophers.  What little health they possess is often too fragile, not because of their illnesses or neuroses but because they have seen something in life that is too much for anyone, too much for themselves, and that has put on them the quiet mark of death.  But this something is also the source or breath that supports them through the illnesses of the lived (what Nietzsche called health).  ‘Perhaps one day we will know that there wasn’t any art but only medicine*.'”

*A line D&G borrow from Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio’s HAI.

2 comments for this entry:
  1. Sarah Fox

    How beautiful. I can’t help but think of María Sabina of course:

  2. Juan

    Hi. I´m sorprised about D&G… i know them, but i have de impresión that in this case is something else, like a branche or something. Wath can i do to have more info about it?