cells / sarcasm

“Contrariwise,” continued Tweedledee, “if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.”

Lewis Caroll, ‘Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.’


i’ve been looking for writing on memory in our cells. and thinking with our organs, not just the brain. today i mostly found sarcasm.


watercolour on paper, a3, 2012





4 thoughts on “cells / sarcasm

  1. I like the shapes emerging from the loose paint. Anyone can do a neat painting, even my kids. It takes real skill and a good eye to do a messy one. As in all things, liveliness is to be found in the mess not the tidiness.

  2. Thank you – kind words – all of them.

    Paint is tricksy it’s natural properties lead it to spread, splatter, run, congeal… very physical properties and beautiful if allowed to function within the process. Where practice comes in. The physicality of painting is not something which can be underestimated – a painting – unlike a digital image is an object. When I photograph a drawing (a skill I need to work on) I am happier if the folds on the paper or the disruption to the paper from mark making show – just as long as it creates an image which is of interest and does the drawing some service (which is where I regularly fail).

    I massively sympathise with the work of Zen calligraphers.

    Mess as a design choice (and I’ve met people choosing it for various motives – laziness, idealism, egotism…) I’m afraid I have less sympathy for. Enough preparation / knowledge / skill / confidence / imagination can realise you any image which can occur to you within those restrictions. Stepping outside of these in a way which utilises all our potential as beings is what I see as essential.

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