Tulips in the Studio

layne jackson

rainer maria rilke
"i am circling around god, around the ancient tower, and i have been circling for a thousand years, and i still don't know if i am a falcon, or a storm, or a great song."

artist statement

instead of being one thing, and working in a narrow place, ‘painting’, it’s part of my practice to make each thing all things, and let each part lead me to the next part.

fragments of drawings and photographs litter the studio and there is glory of pattern and color, and each group of paintings is part of a larger focus on creating form. working in different mediums, the work is joined by the formal questions and answers improvisationally working out on the surfaces.

continuing dialogues about harmony and form, and a strong reliance on my instincts and desire for beauty in every direction.

now the exploration begins to see how far the representational can push against the abstract.

there is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.

if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. the world will not have it. it is not yours to determine how good it is; nor how it compares with other expressions.

it is your business to keep the channel open.

you do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.

you have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.

keep the channel open.
no artist is ever pleased.
there is no satisfaction whatever at any time.

there is only a queer divine dissatisfaction;

a blessed unrest that keeps us marching

and makes us more alive than the others.

— ~martha graham to agnes demille
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