PRINT April 1992

Lonnie Holley

I PAY TRIBUTE with my mind and with my labor to the Spirit—something which is grander than time. I think about the seriousness of art. I also want to speak about the spiritual part of art. I have to look at it this way: that I’m serving time. All those bodies that has passed through time (leaving them nameless, there are there!), I must keep their respect or else fear that I will lose all that I have gained.

I think respect of the elders makes community. Once that respect is lost there is no longer a community, because if we lose respect from that which we came, we are somehow or another on the journey to losing our grip with reality. And art allows us to keep that grip. If I had not started looking back to appreciate I would have went on disappreciating and destroyed not only myself but the whole world around me. We don’t need artists destroying themselves. The Spirit that inhabited the

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