Rather than living my art, I have a very real sense of my art living me. It is by giving the painting full licence to be whatever it needs to be, to go where it wants to go, that I can glimpse something of my own psychological make-up and complexities.
The most remarkable direction I have been given about painting has been to “embrace your ugliness”. I did not understand what this meant at the time but the strangeness of the remark stuck with me. I believe I now know what was intended by this odd piece of advice. It means this: to take complete ownership of ourselves and not to be selective or judgemental. Painting that speaks of who we think we are, or who we would like to be, or who we imagine ourselves to be, ultimately is of a much lesser interest than that which exposes one’s perceived flaws, frustrations, and follies, one’s darkest dreams, repressed memories and irrationalities. Putting one’s moments of madness on an equal footing with all other parts of one’s preferred make-up, is to provide a platform for a strategy of artistic freedom and potential fulfilment that would otherwise have been stifled and stemmed.
Posted by George Warren