25 July 2010
1. Where and how would you display your work in an ideal situation?
I would show my work in the light it was painted. Taking a painting from it's source, the painting changes in the light, so color is the most fleeting element. Like a sculpture in the making, the shadows are always changing, and so then is the sculpture. It is frustrating to say the least, but reality is such that everything changes, and your paintings are ideas - thoughts of the moment. I do not concern myself with where. It is the how. The challenge to make is central for me. Where they end up is not. That is why I do not paint as some others do.
2. If expository writing is good at elucidating and proving a point and
descriptive geometry gives us the tools by which to map objects in space
in relation to one another, what kind of an apparatus does art afford us?
What does art do best?
Painting expresses color, poetry love, dance/music, movement, film, violence. All the art forms have their specialty. I paint for the sake of color. It energizes me. Art expresses human emotion, and it can make you cry, feel hungry or sad, etc. Geometry does not. Artists - futuristic thinkers - usually come up with an idea, and science works toward it. Jules Vern is a perfect example of a visionary. Artists give us vision, or as in science and cloning and mythology, the centaur - the hybrid.
4. Marcel Duchamp said - "Enough with retinal art!" What is your reaction as an artist to this statement?
We don't see with our eyes. We see with our minds. It is our challenge to get our brains to see more.
5. Do you think that there is still room for art movements in today's
Art movements usually come about when humans think collaboratively. Art is about personal interpretation, memory, and awareness. It is not about information. It takes futuristic thinkers to make great art. Unfortunately, culture (CNN) defines art. What we see in the great art movements is that they usually set a new standard. The impressionists were the ones to use all the color, because they were the first group to have it. There were definitely other artists who were painting good paintings, but they did not take up the new movement, so they were not deemed important. For painters to be important, they need to be and use the materials of their time. Remember, artists bring value to things we do not value.
6. What is one question you wished we had asked you about your art? Please
feel free to answer it.
For me, my art is about Walter Bartman's vision of the world, and what I feel is important to express, like a cold sun or a square sun or the difference between land and sea. Art has always been the bridge to understanding for me. It is the visible that is the clue to the invisible. I am about finding the invisible and making it visible, as I teach in my own understanding of color, which is dessert to my eyes!
Why do I paint? - Because it helps me see what's in my head.