Monday Motivator: Open Ended, Not Unfinished

Monday Motivator

“Much is suggested. Little is defined. While being loose, it is also precise and clear. Understanding that an ‘open ending’ does not mean an ‘unfinished’ artwork, which always seems to imply that there was a way to ‘finish’ the work but the artist did not do it. … They stop where they need to, in unexpected ways. … While the gestures lead their own lives, the subject never disappears.”

Marlene Dumas, Epilogue 2018, in “Omega’s Eyes”

A painting stands on its own, the viewer oblivious to all of your “I could/should have” intentions (unless you voice them). Stop for whatever reason you wish. You can always change the ending at a later point.

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