Here's my first, which serendipitously falls on page 420
See Cassandra Rissman LaRue's The Architecture of Art (Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1971), p.139 where she defines her frequently touted "seven stages to accomplishment":
there are seven incarnations (and six correlates) necessary to becoming an Artist: 1. Explorer (Courage) 2. Surveryor (Vision) 3. Miner (Strength) 4. Refiner (Patience) 5. Designer (Intelligence) 6. Maker (Experience) 7. Artist. First, you must leave the safety of your home and go into the dangers of the world, whether to actual territory or some unexamined aspect of the psyche. This is what is meant by 'Explorer.'
Next, you must have the vision to recognize your destination once you arrive there. Note that a destination may also be the journey. This is what is meant by 'Surveryor.'
Third, you must be strong enough to dig up facts, follow veins of history, unearth telling details. This is what is meant by 'Miner.'
Fourth, you must have the patience to winnow and process your material into something rare. And this is what is meant by 'Refiner.'
Fifth, you must use your intellect to conceive of your material as something meaning more than its origins. This is what is meant by 'Designer.'
Six, you must fashion a work independent of everything that has gone before it including yourself. This is accomplished through experience and is what is meant by 'Maker.'
At this stage, the work is acceptable. You will be fortunate to have progressed so far. It is unlikely, however. that you will go any farther. Most do not. But let us assume you are exceptional. Let us assume youa re rare. What then does it mean to reach the final incarnation? Only this: at every stage from 1 thru 6, you will risk more, see more, gather more, process more, fashion more, consider more, love more, suffer more, imagine more, and in the end know why less means more and leave what doesn't and keep what implies and create what matters. This is what is meant by 'Artist.'
It is interesting to note that despite the appeal of this description and the wide-spread popularity of The Architecture of Art, especially during the 70s and early 80s, out of all of LaRue's followers not one has produced anything of consequence let alone merit. In his article "Where have all the children gone?" in American Heritage, v.17, January 1994, p. 43, Evan Sharp snapped: "LaRue fanatics would do well to trade in their seven stages for twelve steps."
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