Below is an excerpt from an artist talk given at The Art Complex Museum on August 4, 2011
A picture is worth a thousand words. What does that phrase mean?
Up until recent times I thought that it meant words were unnecessary where and when pictures were involved. That the picture was enough. But if a picture is worth a thousand words why not express them?
Keeping an artist journal is one way of expressing the worth.
worth: the quality that makes something desirable, valuable or useful.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Thus far I’ve expressed about 100 words in my artist talk. That’s 1/10th of a picture.
There are 10 pictures in this show. Ten pictures are worth ten thousand words.
Art is expressing worth.
Art could be described as minimum matter with maximum thought.
Words and pictures have always intrigued me. In fact these pictures were inspired by haiku.
A picture is worth a haiku.
A picture is worth a few well chosen words.
You might think that this contradicts the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” However one could say that a haiku is a distillation of a thousand words. Between the lines and pauses of a haiku lie suspended these 1000 words, left out so that you can imagine them yourself.