Monday 19 June 2006
Nothing. It represents nothing. Of course, you are free to see "something" in it. It happens to me too. But it’s up to you, not me. And if you don’t see anything in particular, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you "don’t get it". One can like a work of art without seeing a representation of something.
Don’t let the titles fool you. I have to give titles because it makes it easier for me to understand the statistics on the site and the comments. Titles are easier to remember than numbers, and I can remember more easily the painting that goes with it.
But the title does not represent something I am trying to express. Sometimes it’s something that I see in the painting after completing it. Sometimes it’s just a word or a phrase that crosses my mind. Sometimes it refers to something that happened in my life when I painted it. And sometimes I just give up and give it a number. Lately I have been using titles that describe colors, but since I tend to use the same colors again and again, I’m probably going to use up that option soon.
The truth is, I don’t like titles (although I do like finding them, when I do) because they rob the viewer of some of his/her freedom by influencing the interpretation of the work. I am a strong believer in freedom: the freedom to create, and the freedom to see, which is also an act of creation in a way. And yes, this means you.
So what are you waiting for? Go see!