Letter from Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse, April 14, 1965
Hesse had written to her friend Lewitt about being blocked. My favorite parts from what Lewitt wrote back:
Try and tickle something inside you, your “weird humor.” You belong in the most secret part of you. Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world… You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO…
Try to do some BAD work—the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell—you are not responsible for the world—you are only responsible for your work—so DO IT.
In other words: MAKE BAD ART.
You can read the whole letter in this PDF.
The letter is also included in Shaun Usher’s great collection Letters Of Note, coming out in the states in May. (Lucky me, I have a dee-lux UK edition.)