Photo of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith (& Robert Mapplethorpe) // "He asked...'Did art get us?' The question for me wasn't if art got us. The question was, 'Do we regret that?' I know art got us, because if art gets you, you can never be normal. You can never enjoy. You can't go anywhere without trying to transform it, you know? You go to church to pray, and you start writing a story about being in a church praying. You're always observing what you do. I noticed that when I was young going to parties. I could never lose myself...because I was always observing...observing or creating a mental scenario."