Monday, August 20, 2007
Where Do Titles Come From?
...asked Maggie Good question. My titles come from the process, usually, from what's happening on the canvas or cloth or whatever I happen to be working with at the time. Corruption, in the post below, gets its name from the idea of the background dark colours soaking into the edges of the lighter collaged sections, and the splashes of the darker colours that can be seen there, too. At a deeper level, it represents the way the darkness of my past seems to seep upwards into the present, no matter how good things are. And it is that extra level of meaning that includes the work in the 'Inner Landscapes' series. Though I have to admit to stealing, or at least borrowing, the phrase 'inner landscapes'; I read it in a book about eating disorders, and it struck a chord. My inner landscapes are probably more important to me than the ones I see around me; painting them helps me to understand myself.
Today's painting is 'Falling', a cousin of Flying/Falling, and a study for a larger painting on this theme.