Roland Barthes, Collected Works, Volume III, "Non multa sed multum"
The artist has no moral, but he has a morality. From his work spring these questions: What is the meaning of others to me? How must I desire them? How do I have to give myself in to their desire? How must I stand amongst them? While stating each time “a subtle vision of the world” (thus spoke the Tao*), the artist composes what is given (or forbidden) in his culture and that which his own body insists on: what is avoided, what is evoked, what is repeated or even: that which is forbidden/desired: this the paradigm which (in the same manner as legs do) makes the artist walk forward, as he works.
*allusion to ´Thus Spoke Zarathustra´ of Nietzsche