Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thursday Thoughts...

“If you could say it in words, there’d be no reason to paint.” 

 Edward Hopper

In contrast to my post about being a woman of words, I find this quote beautiful in its truth and simplicity.

Even when I am working with words, there is so much more going on in the conversation my work is having with the viewer, observer, or reader.

I have often heard that a piece has moved somebody - beyond words; that they are left speechless; that tears are their only response. So whilst I am a lover of words and it is via words that I make my way through the world, I think art goes beyond words, and how it makes us feel and respond is priceless.

And for those of us who make visual imagery and art; I think the truth does lie this way - if words could depict those feelings and sensations, utterly and completely, then there would be no need to paint. But they can't, and so we make.

This piece - Time to Change - moved many, and yes I sat with folk in tears when it was exhibited.  I hope given the times we live in that artists find ways to express their sadness, their fear, and their hope in beautiful and meaningful ways, because sometimes words just can't.


  1. (((Fiona))) this post brought tears to the eyes...


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