Sharing ... Solitude


In February 2012, I was reading Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter. In it she describes a new word that I relate to when painting: synesthesia - an innate condition in which the stimulation of one sense triggers another as well. Mr. Greenberg, art critic, on page 266 states, "The emotion in that picture (painting) reminds me of all emotion. It is like a Beethoven quartet where you can't specify what the emotion is but are profoundly stirred never the less." On page 371 art critic Michael Gibson's review of Joan's June 1982 show at Musee d'Art Moderne Paris on Alfred North Whitehead's view of religion ... "religion is what the individual does with his own solitariness." Solitariness is something most people want to avoid at all costs, which explains why there are so few authentic artists.