Encoding Elements of Ourselves

Extravagant Pulls and Inexorable Pushes
Extravagant Pulls and Inexorable Pushes
Tentativeness At the Edge
Tentativeness At the Edge

I love this talk by Ian Massey on Sandra Blow. In it he describes a fascination with how artists encode elements of themselves into their work, giving Helix as an example and menstral blood as an alternative reading. It is interesting, then, to know that she regretted not having children.

Sandra was dedicated to the idea of “a startling rightness” – a way of giving balance an edge. I’ve been struggling to find out much about this remarkable artist, definitely someone who demands greater attention.

“As well as wanting a balance in the composition, there should be what I call a startling rightness. This can be any shape or colour: the crucial thing is that although perfect in its place, there is an unexpected quality about it, an element of surprise.”

Sandra Blow

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