The Hidden Sphere
(of Artistic Concerns) Cecil Orion Touchon
Without leaving the studio know
the world. 
Therefore, the mastercraftsman knows
the nature of things
 The saint (or mastercraftsman) becomes more humble every hour, for every hour he draws nearer to God. The saints see without knowledge, without sight, without information received, without observation, without description, without veiling, and without veil.
Dhu’l-Nun al-Misri (796-861)
 Think, dear reader, of the vain, illusive side of the searches and disturbances that go on from one end of the world to the other. All that the world in its most distant places can supply, all that life in its rarest conjectures can produce, you can obtain without budging, at your own discretion, at your own doorstep, by the assiduous exertion of any occupation. Our universe is continuous, at a uniform tempo, it is like a homogenous sea: you can plunge your spoon into it at the first place you come to. Would you rather, reader, friend, that I traveled, that I took you to absurd countries, led you before mosques, pagodas, Persian markets, tropical rivers, coral reefs? Kindly think seriously about the inanity of dimension. It is a mad prejudice, a vulgar trap, which makes you marvel at your snowcapped peaks, high cliffs, your garden of rare species, or your elegant islands. Burn scale! Look at what lies at your feet! A crack in the ground, sparkling gravel, a tuft of grass, some crushed debris, offer equally worthy subjects for your applause and admiration. Better! For what is more important is not reaching objects of reputed beauty after long days of travel, but learning that, without having to move an inch, no matter where you are, all that seems most sterile and mute is swarming with facts which can entrance you even more. The world does not extend over one single plane, all on the surface. The world is made on layers, it is a layer cake. Probe its depths, without going any further than where you stand, You will see! I am speaking figuratively, you understand.
Jean Dubuffet, “Empreintes,” 1957 Trans. Lucy Lippard
Hugh of St. Victor (c. 1100-1141)