deeper into the abyss

Stare into the abyss – and find something to bring back. That's my job as an artist.

I'd argue it's the job of any artist. Putting it in these terms works best for me, but anyone who is obsessed enough to put in the time it requires must have a similar sense of mission towards their art.

Someone who's more religious may see it as putting the divine into words, paint, beat, and pitch.

In either version, the art is in the mix. Go too deep into the abyss or become too absorbed in the divine, and you have incommunicable madness. Stick to the edges, and you have empty rhetoric.