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February 27, 2002

The deeper nature of the play with figure/ground: is that not in essence coming from a desire to give form to the presence within the invisible?  Look at Cezanne.  Look at his skies.  Look at Morandi.

Andrew spoke of painting as reparation.  When I mentioned the feelings of doubt about the efficacy of painting in any real sense in our lives today, when I step into the studio — he spoke of painting as reparation, as repair.  How can there be repair without a wound?  Is not all great painting great reaching?  Reaching and achieving.  Reaching and arriving.

The willingness to face the doubt, the ennui, the fear of no meaning, again and again, and in the face of blankness to state otherwise, to discover, to reveal, to repair otherwise.



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