Thursday, February 15

I was recently asked "Why are you so interested in painting doughnuts?" All kinds of answers swirled in my head...but I found myself at a loss for words and a little embarrassed. Why indeed? If only I'd been quick-witted enough to recall this saying of Ludwig Wittgenstein:

The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.

In my paintings of doughnuts and other everyday objects I am taking a careful look at the familiar. Even in apparent simplicity there is incredible complexity if you look closely enough. And that this simplicity/complexity dialogue is interesting to me. What I actually replied was along the lines of "Um...because I like how they look."

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