States of Listening Paintings 2011
States of Listening are visual representations of conversations I had with the paintings as I painted them. My purpose for the paintings was to listen attentively to what they had to tell me.
In conversations between people the listening part is often done in a distracted way. We the listener often do not really hear what is said, because in our head we might be preoccupied with planning what we are going to say, or even with what we are having for dinner. External distractions can also occupy part of our attention. The result is we might hear the other's words, but not the deeper meaning and so experience the conversation as just so much white noise. So listening is done at different rates and there are punctuated layers to listening.
Something similar can happen in the studio when I'm painting, too much chatter in my own head can drown out the value of what the painting is trying to say, so I made an extra effort to listen more attentively.
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