I am not a religious person but I pray and like to trust that my thoughts for others have some kind of effects…I do not pray for myself but sometime ask for inspiration and direction for my work. My parents were not religious either…and their non-religious attitude became stronger when close to the end…. Thus they were both brought up as catholic and my brother and I were too. Saying this I mean that my parents (and above) taught us guilt and shame, and the virtues of hard work and low self seeking. I learnt young how to behave in Churches and understood more or less what had happened to the Christ.
I always freak out when I am not feeling understood…It might be related.
I like very much looking at the Christ on his cross, it is also a formal thing I suppose. I like the T device, I was born a Thomas.
When I look at a large Crucifix, fixed against a wall, I am overwhelmed.
There is no more horizon, only hope that ‘He’ finds one. I have the same feeling when I look at a good painting in a museum. I see drama, void, turmoil, lack of gravity, and mystery in the message, and also the feeling that there in something in the painting that is bigger than ourselves.
I have often said: Do you see the unseen, hear the unsaid, feel the unknown…A gap that never really filled?
This time I wanted to make a Cross and a Painting. With this iconic and emblematic object, I reunite both the Christ’s cross and a painted canvas. There is an obvious note and gratitude to Rothko. He deserves it.