Inspired by Pollock
During a very "busy" vacation, I sporadically worked on the mermaid painting. With each new brush stroke, my painting took a new "turn". Finally tired of the process, I wrapped her in tracing paper and in tracing I was able to make adjustments I wanted and those I thought I "should" have.
in tracing paper.
Until last night when I happened upon the movie Pollock which chronicled the life of the painter Jackson Pollock. I could relate to the challenge of being under the control of his right brain conscious critic juxtaposed to his left brain unconscious creative expression. I was drawn in by his attempt to drown out that right side of his consciousness by self-medicating and his inner-driven external rants needed to release the creative expression and world view that held him hostage.
I was inspired by seeing him uncomfortably pour the first drip of paint on the substrate and then the slow release of tight muscles (both physical and mental) into artistic "madness" as the paint began to dance from him - genius revealed.
I now understand where the current craze of "pours" come from. Note: he answered an interview question saying that his paintings are controlled, not hapstance, which is obvious.
During his lifetime, we did not have the knowledge of how the two sides of human brains work in conjunction with the rest of our anatomy and how "genius" could be exhibited without personal destruction. Pollock might have suffered less. Would his art have?
I resonated with his views such as:
- When asked how he knew when a painting was done, he responded with the question 'How do you know when a sexual encounter is done?' as opposed to being completed.
- He spoke to my own conclusions when he said that 'art was an expression of the unconscious' implying that criticism and critique are expressions of the conscious.
- To my applause, when I read 'Why does a field of flowers have to look like anything? Why try to put meanings on everything?'
During my inability to rest, I wanted to run out to the studio at 2 am to put back the strands of mermaid hair that I covered to make her look more "acceptable" but forced myself back into my purple doze.
Now I am here at noon with confidence that I will finish "mermaid" today, just the way my unconcious directs me without caring what criticism or critque may bring. I am grateful I do not rely on my art for income, grateful to be a cave artist, and hope that those of you who make art for a living, follow your heart rather than any perceived judgement.
Thank you, Jackson Pollock. RIP
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