A lot of times I’ll include song lyrics in my work. In this case, lyrics from Nirvana’s ” On a Plain “.
I’ve thrown my lot in with painting, but I often feel that music has a greater resonance and depth to it. I find a lot of contemporary art to be fairly clinical, distanced. Out of touch with feeling and the deeply personal inner life most of experience.
I don’t always put text into my paintings, as I sometimes feel it too much guides people to some overly defined sense of what a painting ‘means’. To my mind it’s a poor work of art that has a didactic “I’ve put in signifier X, therefor the meaning is Y, and thus you should feel Z”. Without ambuigity, I find that art is simply another lie, and God knows we don’t need more of those.
When I put lyrics into a work, I try to convey a sense of how that song makes me feel. The feelings I had around it. Nirvana is particlarly powerful for people of a certain age and generation. You can see and feel in his lyrics why he killed himself. There’s a kind of self absorption and despair which is not uncommon in our world today.
There’s an old adage, “Think you’re enlightened ? Go spend a week with your parents..”. Our relationship to our parents is a primordial one. Perhaps our mother especially so. Our parents are humans like any other, but for us they once occupied a god like position, and they set the templates for all of our future interactions with ourself and the world.
What is your relationship with your mother ? How are you like her ? What are your feeelings about her ? Have you ever seen her words or tone of voice or ideas flowing from your own mouth ? What ways was she kind ? What ways was she cruel ? Have you ever hated her ? Loved her ?
How did the relationship affect you ? How did it affect her ?