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Art Statement


In troubled times, my girlfriend said “at least you’re not like Emiily Carr, the poor thing had nothing but cardboard to paint on”. It was a Eureka moment. A large canvas costs real money and storage space, while the bike shop and furniture store put out the right size cardboard, enabling 400+ paintings. Circumstance is the mother of semiotic statements; cardboard has street credibility, it rebels. Following lines of least resistance takes us to the next level.

In visual art just as in music we become aware of conversations within conversations; we experience patterns, sequences, bridges, opposition and harmonies, we feel melodic, periodic, or melancholic as the work moves us. Music is a language, an acoustic language, just as visual language describes things whose subtlety is lost when explained in words. Since the intellect is but one mode, that of verbal language, art touches another level when it includes that which cannot be explained.