Karen Finley is an interesting and controversial american performance artist. The following excerpts are from quer essay I Was Not Expected to Be Talented (1990):
Why should I pretend to stop drinking? For the children? Shit, they’re the reason I drink!
I know everything, that’s my problem. I’m too smart for this world (…) Clever, smart, driven pain. I’m always right.
I hate people who rationalize suffering. I hate people who have to have a reason for everything.
I’m a living Hell and I intend to keep my devil out.
I want to be dependent on drugs, alcohol, and sex again.
Excerpts from Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: Source Book of Artists Writings (1996), edited by Peter Selz and Kristine Stiles.
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