Miranda July is my favorite contemporary artist.
Here is a quote from her website Learning To Love You More that I keep in my Inbox and read every once in a while to feel inspired.
"The best art and writing is almost like an assignment; it is so vibrant that you feel compelled to make something in response. Suddenly it is clear what you have to do. For a brief moment it seems wonderfully easy to live and love and create breathtaking things. In a sense, these are assignments -- in the same way that the ocean gives the assignment of breathing deeply, and kissing instructs us to stop thinking."