“When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It’s only after a sort of ‘get acquainted’ period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.”
I don’t believe Pollock on this one. He has no fear about making changes to his work? That would be extraordinary indeed. I tend to shy away from Pollock because of the unnerving visual chaos. I understand this explosive change (dripping paint on canvas) skyrocketed Abstract Expressionism to sparkling mid-century glory. Today many artists drip in Ab-Exstasy.
I appreciate his process a bit more after reading John Yau’s poem inspired by Pollock’s work. Am I layering esoteric upon esoteric by mixing in a contemporary poem with a Pollock to bake a giant heady souffle? Yes. But hell, here it is.
Notice how the words mimic the energy of the paint. How the repetition and redirection, indirection and circumnavigation of words whirls you around like you are a streak of yellow or red inside the painting. How Yau ravels and unravels the mystery of being in the flow.
830 Fireplace Road John Yau
(Variations on a sentence by Jackson Pollack)
“When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing” When aware of what I am in my painting, I’m not aware When I am my painting, I’m not aware of what I am When what, what when, what of, when in, I’m not painting my I When painting, I am in what I’m doing, not doing what I am When doing what I am, I’m not in my painting When I am of my painting, I’m not aware of when, of what Of what I’m doing, I am not aware, I’m painting Of what, when, my, I, painting, in painting When of, of what, in when, in what painting Not aware, not in, not of, not doing, I’m in my I In my am, not am in my, not of when I am, of what Painting “what” when I am, of when I am, doing, painting. When painting, I’m not doing. I am in my doing. I am painting.