Happenings in Studio.
‘What I would like to write is a book about nothing, a book without exterior attachments, which would be held together by the innerforce of its style, as the earth without support is held in the air–a book that would have almost no subject or at least in which the subject would be almost invisible’. – Gustave Flaubert. (1852 to Louise Colet – Correspondance.
Gustave Flaubert believed that an artist should not judge. He resisted reaching conclusions about the world but allowed himself the freedom to question it. One of the greatest artists (writers) of all time, Flaubert was adamant that impersonality was vital in his writing and maintained that ‘writing does not comment on itself. It presents and withdraws, like a good footman’. He wrote about writing and painting as similar ways of seeing but advocated seeing beyond the obvious.
In my painting process, in those long hours alone in the studio, mixing, grinding, spilling and pouring, I am preparing for the moment which inevitably arrives. I can no longer hold back. The paint is let loose. In this whole performance I am nothing but the body with an arm holding a brush, a hand pouring the cup of paint. My relevance there is lost, I am insignificant. The form and colour, the new shape overshadows everything I have thought up along the way. For me these new forms have an inner force that holds them together by their style. They move in on the canvas and that is all there is to it. I am that ‘good foot-woman’ and I am happy to withdraw. From that point on I have no business nor desire to attach exterior meaning, importance or value to the work.