|Mediator, charcoal on paper, 1989|
I love the title of Anne West’s book, Mapping the Intelligence of Artistic Work; an Explorative Guide to Making, Thinking and Writing. If we accept that the creative process is a way of knowing then finding out how it works for each of us makes sense. The strategic questions that lurk behind my process are: Is this work necessary? Why? What difference can this work make in the world? How would it feel to not make this work? Agony and ecstasy follow the search for answers.
These questions push me to examine my work and its relationship to the past as well the present. The past is present even if we ignore its influences. If I want to be relevant I need to know what other painters are doing, thinking and writing about. I need to be able to situate my work in the long trajectory of painting's history.