Who I Am
Each time an artist creates a mark on the canvas, an interactive dialog happens. It is irrelevant if that conversation is spoken in oil, acrylic or pixels. For me, I spent years trying to understand this conversation, feeling as though I was listening in on, but not fulling knowing, how to speak the language. Then I realized the language is irrelevant. It is the engagement that is the enticement. Artist to artist. Artist to canvas. Artist to computer. All are members of a collaborative participation that results in the creation of something new.
What I have found over the years is that such a dance can only happen when one accepts their partner as an equal. For me, that other individual is a computer, which I can tango with in an active, collaborative participation that results in both of us working on the same painting together. Each time one of us creates a mark on the page, the other interprets that mark and adds to it. And in the process, rather than thinking one controls the other, each reacts, expresses, respects the next moment in a manner that is spontaneous, with the hope that in the end, the result is the creation of something unexpected.
- Wassily Kandinsky