Myth must be kept alive. The people who can keep it alive are artists of one kind or another. The function of the artist is the mythologization of the environment and the world.
- Joseph Campbell in The Power of Myth
We leave it to the seers, the shamans, the ascetics, the religious teachers, the artists among us to reach a higher state of awareness, from which they transcend our rigorous but routinely analyzing senses and become closer to the raw experience of nature that pours into the unconscious, the world of dreams, the source of myth.
-Diane Ackerman A Natural History of the Senses
Joseph Campbell has said that artists are the 'shamans and myth-makers' of our modern world. Like Campbell, I believe in the artist as shaman, jouneying deep into uncharted inner worlds, then bringing back sensations and visions encountered in that mythic terrain.
- Brian Froud in Good Faeries/Bad Faeries