Tilda Swinton on art and language

Posted on 10 April 2013
By Amber May
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I Am Love star Tilda Swinton admitted she only fell into acting after going to university to follow her dream of becoming a writer.

Speaking to artist Doug Aitken the We Need To Talk About Kevin star actress: “I went to university as a writer and a poet and slid sideways into performing, mainly for the company.

“It was the thing that made me able to operate with people. The second I got to university I stopped writing.

“Poetry gave me a sense of company which I missed. I was a very inarticulate child who didn’t really feel like it was possible for anybody to ever understand me so I was always quite healthily accepting that it’s impossible to really communicate.”

On art and language, Tilda said: “Art feels to me like a conversation, it’s an attempt to communicate.”

She added: “I’m mush less interested in words as I am in gestures. I’m more interested in silence than I am in language. But language is just a gesture. Every sentence is just an attempt to touch.”

On her motivation as an artiste, she said: “The thing that keeps me being a performer is my interest in society’s obsession with identity. I’m not sure I believe identity really exists.”

Articulate, dramatic and breathtaking, be still my heart.