Departure has a double meaning here. First, these are paintings I made during the last year I spent before leaving America to live in Italy. While I did not consciously anticipate this move while I was painting them, the pictures hold a particular place as the closing of a chapter in my creative life.
These are also the first significant non-objective works I completed after fifteen years of making figurative/representational pictures. That’s a fancy way of saying that I stopped painting people and started painting paint. I read that when the poet W.S. Merwin stopped using punctuation in his poems, he felt that they came “un-stapled” from the page. I have a similar feeling about what happened when I began working in this mode: the painted forms seemed free of extraneous restrictions, and the meanings of the pictures opened to new possibilities.
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