progress

When I am not working
I have the impression
I know what to do.
Once I start I am lost.

The eye is very precise.
You risk losing the expression.
The head of an Egyptian in the Louvre
missing its eyes
brings it out.
I don’t try to capture it.

The closer I come to this head
the more it eludes me.
I have the impression
of progressing
when I no longer know
how to hold the knife.

At that point
if I persist
suddenly I have the impression
of a great leap forward.
It is only then
that we make progress.

— Giacometti, in a film shown at the Tate Modern

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