I had a dog once whose ancestors lived in the Tibetan monasteries — lamassaries, they call them. I convinced myself that the dog knew the great questions and even some of the answers. I could make myself see magic in this dog. Its face began to appear in my pictures and looked so right, that pretty soon it was hard to make a picture without it.
That dog became a state of mind. If you don't feel this, looking at it . . . . I can't help you.
— from Dorothea Tanning: Insomnia, a short film by Peter Schamoni, 1978.