I have been reading a lot of poetry. Its complexity gives me great solace. I fear my art is difficult. It is not quick. It is not easy to fully comprehend. The viewer must pay attention. Mostly I fear it does not engage the viewer as quickly as (for instance) a work by Keith Haring. A viewer of my works is invited to give into contemplation. Engagement by one of Keith Haring's artworks is quick. My art reveals itself slowly. Profundity is its message; thus it insists upon the viewer slowing down, taking his or her time to see it all. Engagement might begin quickly, but full comprehension takes a lot of time. Reading the poetry of Wallace Stevens has been extremely helpful to me. It encourages complexity. Wallace Stevens constantly reminds me that comprehension of life and living is a slow process. His poetry hits a sweet spot of mine. It makes satisfying sense. It simply feels right. That rightness sings back at me. It is hitting the correct notes. The satisfaction of hitting those notes correctly is profoundly fulfilling. It satiates and quenches my thirst. I am doing that now, over and over, in my art-making. I want this to continue for a very long time. Satiation, like quenching one's thirst, is temporary. I need more of it!
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