2 March - 20 March 2005
Media Release 1 | Media Release 2
I happen to believe that most works of art are never finished. They are simply suspended. The painter, like the poet or the composer, would like to have the possibility of going back to continue to work, to modify, to erase and to change his creation until the end. Death is the only thing that makes the full opus of the artist definitive.
In this series of works, I stopped painting when the initial impetus which had compelled me to pick up colours and brushes, dwindled somewhat and became less urgent. Of course I could have continued to paint on and on or until the work reached a more 'polished' stage. But I decided to stop working on my canvases, consciously, when correction started to overtake spontaneity.
For me, exhibiting 'unfinished' paintings is not an experiment in trying to keep the original idea and hoping to preserve some kind of freshness. It is a statement. Creation happens not when an artist begins, or is working on a project, but when tools - pen, brushes, chisel, flute, are put down.
Each painting in this exhibition is dedicated to a different poet of the recent past who through his writing has spoken to me in a simple and crystalline way. I share with each of them the feeling that art should be clear and simple.
In art, as in life, I find beauty and truth in clarity and simplicity.