Here you can see a painting develop
from start to finish. Photographs taken after each painting session
show often fitful progress and uneven development as I attempt to balance
formal painting considerations with the task of trying to make sense
of that which I behold. What I behold is, of course, the product of
my own hand.
It's a narcissistic process. Yet I believe
if I can make the end product make sense to me it will also make
sense to you - well, maybe not everybody, but many of you.
What sense? Just as when I speak,
if I speak well, you understand. Communication: but that does
not mean your understanding is exactly the same as mine. When
William Shakespeare wrote Hamlet's famous soliloquy "To be,
or not to be; that is the question: ..." he laid out something
which generation after generation has understood as profound.
But try to find two people who agree on its meaning. Ambiguity
and uncertainty do not detract from our conviction that something
important was said, though.
It is this aspect of Art as a medium
of communication that interests me, that I set out to explore.
That is the ultimate goal through all the various twists and turns
in the development of the artworks below: to establish that mysterious
and elusive communication, that 'inarticulable' common understanding.
We can have different views on the meaning, yet we can agree to
a surprising extent that something is or isn't meaningful and
even that some things are more meaningful than others.
So what is the communication that
has taken place and how did it happen?