The writer, painter, and critic, John Berger writes in his collection of essays, The Sense of Sight, “The evolution of human perception and natural forms deems certain constants which all cultures have found beautiful. In any case, we live in a world of suffering…a world whose events do not confirm our Being, a world that has to be resisted. It is in this situation that the aesthetic moment offers hope. That we find something beautiful means that we are less alone, that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of a single life would lead us to believe.”
Sometimes a painting can hold some fleeting aspect of the world that illuminates what seems to be the inner truth that binds every solitary thing, and in doing so, allows us to see the world as if for the first time, before it is reduced to a concept.
Some days, I look at the world, and the world looks back. On the other side of darkness, I see it. When I come back, I bring a painting.
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