Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"...because, if you've noticed, the sea is white three quarters of the time. Just white."

Cy Twombly's song for Painting
...I think with most painters [they] can begin to think and it can change very fast, the impetus of what something is. It's instinctive in a certain kind of painting, not as if you were painting an object or special things, but it's like [it's] coming through the nervous system. It's like a nervous system. It's not described, it's happening. The feeling is going on with the task. The line is the feeling, from a soft thing, a dreamy thing, to something hard, something arid, something lonely, something ending, something beginning. It's like I'm experiencing something frightening, I'm experiencing the thing and I have to be at that state because I'm also going on.

from David Sylvester's interview with Cy Twombly in London, June 2000.

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