Is this drawing a Fable? Is it an abstraction? I do wish to tell stories. I do not wish be a figurative artist (been there, done that; see CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ). I do not wish to use natural representation. What to do? The drawing I show today questions my motives. This drawing represents an image far afield from our touchable reality. However, it is distinctly abstracted from our own world. You could walk into this place. It is an effort that holds interest, but it does not satisfy. More questions, more answers, will come today.
I did not see this coming. That is a good thing. I am surprised; I am elated. I have nicked the foundation I have formed through years of effort. I have knocked at it hard and resolutely. I did not give in; I did not give up. I nicked, and knocked, and I thrust myself through the barrier of my education and knowledge. I feel scorn for all I believe to be true. Instead, I am a man true to my journey. A destination is not my concern. I want truth. I want real. I want elation. I want to trust my presence is true. I want to trust in my own actions. I do not seek perfection of impulse, nor absolute answers. Questions are more reliable as steps on a path. Questions are posed because I trust little in the veracity of any one answer. These drawings, shown today, are two answers. The surprise to me is their story telling. I am, once again, creating personal mythology. I did this before, during my robust figurative phase, Now, however, I am creating mythology through abstract image making. This is true abstraction. It calls upon the visual experience of myself and of the viewers of my art. There are tales being told. There are emotional identities being created. These are the instructions I have been patiently working to reveal. I have just opened the drawer. Now comes the flood of instructions on seeking personal, abstract mythology. These instructions are not filled with numbered directions, one after another. If followed they do not bring me to a final product. The drawer contains little more than a modus operandi. As with all approaches, this one is suspect. This must not become a habit; this approach must be constantly questioned.
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