The Path I 36″ x 24″ 90cm x 60 cm
This is the first of this idea of the Path. It is from the Greek quote at the beginning of the 4 Quartets. “The path up and down is one and the same”- Heraclitus. He was a Presocratic philosopher and for me made some sense when I studied him as an undergrad. The imagery is from Yeats’ idea of gyres. Time does not flow in a straight line but a series of twists and turns, the past coming back to “haunt” you kind of thing.
And yet it seems to work for the beginning of Burnt Norton too. Eliot writes about the path not taken and the children laughing in the garden. The imagery works for both, I think. Both are dealing with the perception of time. This next painting is another Path. I added more layers to it. For me, this is the most successful as a painting. The original idea of gyres is lost but the jumble of the lines and shapes works as a painting.
the Path II 36″ x 28″ 90 cm x 70 cm
For now, I am leaving the Poetry Paintings. It is a beginning and I may very well visit them in the future.
I have had an interest in Paleolithic art and I want to develop some paintings from that. Elaine de Kooning did some of her last paintings about Lascaux. There is an article in the September issue of Art in America that talks about the Paleolithic images especially of France. https://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/magazines/cave-art-means/
There is also a wonderful book called The First Signs that talks about paleolithic abstract signs that I find fascinating. Before language there were images painted on a wall, dancing, music, carving of bone and other material. There was communication thru these things.[Susanne Langer talks about this in her books ] What a rich felt life they must have had. I think that is lost today.
I’ll see where this goes. Sorry about the Amazon links. I thought that was the easiest way to provide you with more info should you want it. One of Langer’s books is an ebook you can download for free Feeling and Form. Mind, her book, is a bit of a slog in that she doesn’t just deal with art but has much info there that was available at that time about the arising of consciousness.
Who are we?