"Art is still the only place in the world where you can do exactly what you want if you pay the price, which is having no one else want it."
Grace Hartigan interview, 1979 May 10, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Years ago, Grace Hartigan, abstract expressionist painter, muse, good friend, mentor, suggested to me:
"Do not be afraid to destroy your painting , because when you do , you will go to a place you did not dream of. What survives will be a new place and self-discovery."
I took her advice one step further. I destroyed the following work to the point that all that remained was ashes. It was self-discovery.
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PS: I have come to the conclusion that nearly all of the dead and destroyed paintings have been ressurected in subsequent work. Over the years I find them looking at me again.
Dead and Destroyed Paintings