I often don’t really know what a body of work is about until months, sometimes years, after I’ve created it. My work is generally about two years ahead of where I’m living my life. In this way my paintings, and particularly my poems, serve as a kind of vanguard.
Having an Exhibition Can Reveal What’s Important
Frequently people will make remarks at a show that trigger a different way of thinking. I watch and see which paintings they’re drawn to, listen carefully to what they have to say. Since openings are (hopefully) relaxed events, people will often give first impressions that lead fascinating places. More people have remarked on my painting The Yellow Steps than any other work that I’ve done. That tells me that there’s a lot of energy there.
Working in Series
How Interaction Facilitates Change
It’s in the exchanges with my audience that the seeds for change are sown. I assume that anyone who bothers to come to an exhibition is, on some level, open to a dialogue. It’s a great place to start!