This drawing is indicative of the reinvention I am undergoing. It is state 2 of Drawing 11·12·2020. Look back at state 1 of this drawing to see the simplification it has undergone. These changes exude my movement toward more clear, more true; this is me paring down, finding the essence of my emotional and intellectual being.
It is very difficult for me to pare down my visual ideas. I am working hard to become absolutely direct; so completely personal as to be impossible to misunderstand. Yesterday I was more successful in my painting, than in the drawings. In the drawings, you can see my effort to pare to importance, but they are not as convincingly reduced as the painting. Still, the painting has room to pare. Mostly that heart-like object annoys me (in the lower left); it has to go. What the hell is that, anyway? Of course you could say "what the hell are they?" about any of my forms. I am reaching for profoundity in form making; I am looking for universal, yet abstract, substantial forms; forms that are intuitively understood, if not immediately recognized as representational.
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