Writings

 

 

 

 

WHOSE WOOD IS IT ANYWAY?

The Woodworm Credo

Principles

The wood is all that is the case

The meaning of a piece of wood is its use.

We have a right to be. A right to live prosper;  we are our world.

We made these tunnels. We are borers.

The wood is ours, it is our home, it was the home of our parents.

It is our food: our birthright - how is this different from your world?

History

We did not chose this place: We were delivered:  there are stories.

There has been a billion generations before us and even now we outnumber you. 

The mother laid eggs (so may eggs) and we emerged

We suckle at the pulp and grow. It is all we know.

We were made to eat and excrete. 

We move and flow, behind us, our compacted faeces. We can only move forwards.

 Is it the same for you?

Politics

You think we are an occupation, an invader, but we were born here. 

You were not.

You think we do damage to the wood. 

We follow rules - we are not without law. 

We eat along sap lines, and branch at 9 degrees

When we have to find more moisture. We cut up and down, seldom across. 

We like it cold and damp.

You like it warm and dry

We do not go against the grain.

Self Knowledge

We do not ‘know’ what we are doing. We follow our programming. 

We know little of systems. 

We are programmed to survive, to eat, to excrete, to grow and transform. 

There are rumours of the flighted beetles we will become. 

You will see the dust from our exodus

You will see the hole and you will have no idea of what we have built inside the wood.

What we have built is magnificent.  It is a city.

Our architecture is born of our instincts. What we do is natural. We are borers.

Philosophy

We speculate about your existence. 

This  is our message to you but we cannot know if you will 

read it and understand it.

We have a limited picture of facts with which to shape thoughts

We chew pulp, sleep, then wake long enough to know that we are dreaming. 

We consider our existence from time to time but try not to let it have real value. 

We pretend it is something for others to worry about.

How is your life different?

There are things we have not spoken about - of these we must remain silent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstraction

Working abstractly, problems and questions  soon appear. Answers come slowly.

The abstract image is very human.  It is produced from the mind almost as if it were a holographic slice of the artist's consciousness prejected onto a two dimensional plane. Where the image came from is a matter of interest to me. 

For example did the image emerge as a single  form, only to be 'read off' from the mind- in which case we might say that it is along the same lines as figurative art - the object being evident in a subtler realm and the seeing being the inner eye. Or might we say it develops as we work on it - to some extent we are discoing the content of our own mind. As one mark modifies the inner picture. Happy accidents are 'liked' and explored and maybe developed.  But what is the the overall form we are trying to depict. 

The image we create is a hologram of ourselves. Each painter creates something that has been formed by the life of the printer, their experiences, their  ideas, a mirror to the catalogue of images they have seen - other paintings included.  AS we get more expressionist, the image reflects more of the state of mind of the artists as well -regardless of his cultural and experiential background. (Q - did Jackson Pollock need to be 'trained' or did he simply need to find outward form for the contents of his mind?) 

 

 

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I was thinking about the basis of Abstract painting and I found some questions lurking in my mind -things that were bothering - a sort of  submarine turbulence.

Thinking about abstraction is like threading apiece of string from one ear to the other through your brain then concentrating such that you can tie a knot in the middle - MJKM

 

 

1    Depth

Can there be depth in an abstract work without referencing figurative art. That is to say - we cannot  use perspectival techniques, or aerial perspective without reading into a world we may be trying to move away from.  Colour theory suggests that colours can lie in foreground or background. Diffuse edges over a solid plane might read as depth. If we look at a typical Barnett Newman zip painting and ask, is there any sense of depth? Am I trying to see a depth, does the infant element jump out. It is true we can read the paying very often as a gap in two dark panels revealing a line of colour in an implied 'behind'. What those colours were reversed?

 

 

Subcategories

Abstraction

Working abstractly, problems and questions  soon appear. Answers come slowly.

The abstract image is very human.  It is produced from the mind almost as if it were a holographic slice of the artist's consciousness prejected onto a two dimensional plane. Where the image came from is a matter of interest to me. 

For example did the image emerge as a single  form, only to be 'read off' from the mind- in which case we might say that it is along the same lines as figurative art - the object being evident in a subtler realm and the seeing being the inner eye. Or might we say it develops as we work on it - to some extent we are discoing the content of our own mind. As one mark modifies the inner picture. Happy accidents are 'liked' and explored and maybe developed.  But what is the the overall form we are trying to depict. 

The image we create is a hologram of ourselves. Each painter creates something that has been formed by the life of the printer, their experiences, their  ideas, a mirror to the catalogue of images they have seen - other paintings included.  AS we get more expressionist, the image reflects more of the state of mind of the artists as well -regardless of his cultural and experiential background. (Q - did Jackson Pollock need to be 'trained' or did he simply need to find outward form for the contents of his mind?) 

 Thinking about abstraction is like threading apiece of string from one ear to the other through your brain then concentrating such that you can tie a knot in the middle.