“The expression that there is nothing to express, nothing with which to express, nothing from which to express, no desire to express, together with the obligation to express.”
Samuel Beckett. A reluctant appellation of his own beliefs regarding creativity on a (or perhaps many – it’s not clear) hapless painter. ‘Three Dialogues with Georges Duthuit’.
what is worth attention – is anything worth celebrating? for beckett it seems life was doubtful in worth.
there seems little or nothing to add to the world – the notion of creativity seems shabby besides it. unless it is a creativity harmonising with nature.
seeing requires harmonising; to look past the petty static of consciousness or lose the rigour of tunnel vision is hard. there are shapes that reverberate in us and hold the key to deeply felt understanding. learning to look can bring these shapes out into the light.
the drawing below holds a stylization that has come from my need to order the drawing but also to harmonise my response to the rhythms of the shapes i observe. i chose this one for the clear accentuation of specific features in style and to give a little background – it was executed last year – i wish to show some older pieces before i bring up some newer. there are some strong analogies with music all along i think – something conterpuntal.