"Art is not self-expression
It is the self expressing all of the elements of the culture that has shaped it. We filter the ambient information that surrounds us-from our families, from our communities, from the information that bombards us every day from myriad sources. We do not create this information; it helps to create us. We in turn start to interpret it and describe it to ourselves and to others as a means to understand it. This is the art impulse. Even works of pure imagination have sources outside of ourselves. Know your sources."
from "101 things to learn in Art School" by Kit White