– Text can be used as a dense kind of image.
– All writing is inescapably visual.
– The use of writing, whether hard, impossible or easy to read, is now a common feature of contemporary art.
– The presence of any writing in visual art is less about communication than the decontextualisation of text, a deterritorialisation which both reduces and elevates writing to the status of drawing.
– Tension exists between the act of writing and the act of art making; attempting to say what we see and the experience of seeing.
– There is an inextricable tangle of words and images … in a painting, words are of the same cloth as images. Rather one sees images and words differently in a painting.
– Writing … can be seen as a gesture and understood as a practice in itself, functioning on the same level as art making through its framing of one’s encounter with the artwork.
– I sometimes write things because the work is always a result of reflection. Mine is therefore an annotation that directs the reading of the work. Sometimes I try to write the reasons why I make a work, not because I want to explain it but in order to create associations of ideas and images resulting in elements to mediate on, develop and better resolve the work itself … I use words as part of a reflection that ultimately takes on a different independent value. It arises with the work, sometimes in a work that has already been made. Sometimes it precedes it, even by many years.
– Writing can be considered separately and, at the same time, as being integral to the artists’ work overall.
– Writing is a medium.
– Writing about art is a way of being in the world while also bringing oxygen to the studio.
– Art has value because people imagine it does. Art is a fragile and consensual fiction that requires great practical care while pretending not to care about practicalities.
– Writing, like art making, is a matter of believing in your hands.