I thought I would start a new catogory to intersperse with my Altered book work, the Echostains paintings and the general musings. The criteria for this section is that it has to be art that I LOVE, and where possible, art that I have actually seen in the canvas.
It is the invisibility: what we can’t actually see, that give us the urge to communicate. ‘ I saw ‘This is a Body’ by the artist Antoni Tapies (b. 1923 Catalonia Spain) at the ‘Encounters’ exhibition in 2000. The image is exactly that: just part of a body or the outline of a body which has been scratched into a marble dusted layered surface that has been built up. But it is the way that the image has been carved into the surface: the deliberation of the artists hand that comes across, and the narrative that the body has with the surface, that communicated with me on an emotional level. The experience was like a wave – a sudden wave of empathy, understanding – reciprocal and felt between painting and viewer.
Note: ‘This is a Body’ is a photo taken from my dissertation ‘The Artist as Magician’. Nothing can do justice to seeing the real thing. I think this applies to any artwork, a reproduction will always be and look a reproduction.