” Man cannot duplicate the infinite intricacy of the living architecture of the wheat stalk. Nature is best capable of its own forms and of the complex inevitabilities which result in such marvelous phenomena.  Man himself is such a phenomenon; and the marvelous in man is his creative intelligence, which transcends nature and creates out of it un-natural forms.
In his art- whether architecture or poem – he does not reproduce a given reality; nor does he simply express his immediate reactions of pleasure and pain.  He starts with the elements of that reality – the stone, the city, the other man – and relates them into a new reality which, no sooner achieved, becomes itself an element in his next manipulation.  In his effort to achieve form he may produce shapes monstrous or divine; but his proud ambition  is to create, in the image of his own intelligence, a reality man-made.

Anais Nin – excerpt from diary # 4   –    1944-1947

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