Title: The eternal struggle
Date: 16 - 22 May 1993
Size: 146.5cm x 182.5cm
Subtitled "The internal struggle", this painting has several
meanings. It obviously describes the difficulty men and women encounter
in their search for love and companionship. It also speaks of the struggle
within each one of us, whether male or female, between our own masculine
and feminine natures. How to live with balance?
The other story is of the painting of it. The canvas has been over-painted,
something I am not in the habit of doing. I had approached the canvas
with the attitude that I was now an accomplished painter, I didn't have
to think too hard, I was inevitably going to paint a great painting.
So I painted a terrible painting. The eternal struggle then, for me,
is to approach my work, and the rest of my life, without preconceived
ideas. And this is the ongoing search for 'open-ness', to not paint
from my ego but to attempt to 'step aside' and paint from what Jung
might call the collective unconscious. I become a witness to the appearance
of the painting. This is the eternal struggle.