Philip Guston said “There isn’t much I can say about the tendency to paint myself. I’ve always thought this characteristic to be natural in a painter.” In some ways everything feels infuriatingly like a mirror for the self. One in which we’re continuously reminded that our experiences are so specific, so trapped within their own personality, that we can only send out interpretations blindly, in hopes that the person seeing them can glean themselves in it, in turn. These, in other words, are Almost-self-portraits. I’ve been dealing with areas of grief and irony. I’ve been, as always, linking my poetry to my artwork. Here, I have been letting the line oblige the painting, rather than the painting the lines.
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