Whether I did anything or didn’t do anything

Winter Garden (You Might Then Reach A Point Of Being) ©MAIERMOUL
Winter Garden (You Might Then Reach A Point Of Being) ©MAIERMOUL

“In the beginning, all this was not very considered,” Irwin recalls. “It was done very intuitively.

“My concentration was not real good. It was mostly a question of just staying in the studio and simply not going out. Whether I did anything or didn’t do anything, whether I was able to work or not. I simply would not let myself leave.

“But after awhile, if you don’t let yourself leave, then everything else begins to leave, that is, all your other reasons or ambitions in being there; and if you’re very fortunate, you might then reach a point of being completely alone in an intimate dialogue with yourself as acted out in the realm of painting.”

– Robert Irwin to Lawrence Weschler, Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees