My journey into art started from an attempt to figure out how I actually learn, to unravel this from how I was trained to think. I began to feel confused about what constitutes thinking. Many years ago a friend urged me to “just think harder” when I was stuck in some aspect of my History dissertation; even then I knew this wasn’t helpful advice, but I didn’t know why, or what to put in its place.
Lately I have been wondering about how we know, and the relationship between knowing through language and in other ways. I’m drawn to the line where language and not-language rub against each other, though for the moment my images do not include text. I am interested in juxtaposition, mystery, paradox, that which cannot be fully explained.
I am surprised to discover that words are not my natural medium, not my primary way of processing the world. I spent so many years trying to force them, trying to do the expected thing, as if we have a choice about who to be, as if life were a process of self-creation. I’ve discovered that life doesn’t work that way.
Exploring these questions led me to painting in 2004. The pieces displayed here represent my most recent explorations. I am mostly guided by intuition, sometimes with happy results and sometimes leading to pieces that end up in drawers and eventually become part of new works. Everything seems to be grist for the mill and I am still mostly surprised by the results.
Marcy’s Website: www.marcylit.com