This nut is not easy to crack open. The journey may be long, but its rewards are increasing, step by step. "Reclamation" is about me finding my roots. Why, if they are my roots, are they difficult to uncover?
I am cracking a nut. The crack is open enough for me to see the light, the reveal. I have confirmation. My Art is about interactions between two bodies, two forms, two entities, just two. Check out Drawing 12·21·2022 (state 2), compare it to its state 1. The difference between the two speaks everything I need to know about myself.
My very first impulse in visual art-making was to create interactive forms and figures. At last I am returning to my nativity. These drawings are initiation of my acceptance that interaction is my primary instigation in making Art. This reflects truth in my living. Interactions give me reason to live. I accept this. I will make art called "Interactions."
These are guiltless images. Unlike most days, I had no qualms on this one. I have been working to find my voice, a simple and direct way to speak. The day I made these was one without compunction. My feelings about the first state of this painting are prideful ones. The title of the painting reflects internalization of the image because the image calls out my struggle to be free of guileful misdirection.
This is a lonely business. I want to believe it an heroic march to strong, powerful, persuasive human expression. This version of "Reclamations" comes closer to that goal. Continuing my march to getting there is loneliness personified.
Here is this year's eleventh painting in its eleventh state on the eleventh day of December 2022. All that information seems simple enough, yet this painting is not simple enough.
I am not there yet. I j=have discovered I want simplicity to speak for me. This painting, "Reclamation", is still too complex. The red and pale blue bands that define the upper ground must be simplified; they get in way of a more simple message, my message.
Here is a simple test. It is one more defining moment in my personal artistic journey. l enjoy strategies, like those used in sports. I wish to define my needs in order to understand personal, efficacious strategies. This drawing is a test with a good result. Playing Round (3D) versus Flat (2D) animates me, excites my emotions, indulges my intellect. I find it a satisfying strategy.
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