Coming up for Air

LBI #1, 2011
Watercolor pencils on paper
6″x6″
©2011NanciHersh

Recent down time at the beach gave me some much needed space.  I felt like I was finally coming up for air.  The weeks following Nate’s accident were filled with doctors appointments for he and I, surgery, chemo, and just coping.  Beach – and water time were just what I needed to helped me remember to just be and experience the moment.

Cy Twombly passed away the day before I arrived on Long Beach Island and the New York Times featured a lengthy obituary on his long, and often misunderstood career.  What resonated most personally, was the following paragraph from the Times article:

In the only written statement Mr. Twombly ever made about his work, a short essay in an Italian art journal in 1957, he tried to make clear that his intentions were not subversive but elementally human. Each line he made, he said, was “the actual experience” of making the line, adding: “It does not illustrate. It is the sensation of its own realization.” Years later, he described this more plainly. “It’s more like I’m having an experience than making a picture,” he said. The process stood in stark contrast to the detached, effete image that often clung to Mr. Twombly. After completing a work, in a kind of ecstatic state, it was as if the painting existed but he himself barely did anymore: “I usually have to go to bed for a couple of days,” he said.


Art as experience. The joy, the beauty, and often the agony is in the process.  Exhausting as it can be, it is what makes us artists, and human.

5 Comments

  1. www.lorennwalker.com
    July 18, 2011

    Thank you for this Nance. For sure art is a process not a product! I learned that when I was a Mntessori preschool teacher…kids see things amazingly and I admit I am annoyed when teachers or other adults tell kids to drawn like them…I hate seeing a bulletin board full of santas that all look alike because the kids followed the teacher’s instructions for how santa looks….sad waste of creativity for the teachers too! thanks Nanc! I love you, lorrie

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  2. Kathryn
    July 18, 2011

    Great, active drawing! I love it!
    More! More! More!

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  3. Nanci Hersh
    July 18, 2011

    Lorrie, thanks for your comment. So true, I especially get annoyed when it is art teachers that forget that process is so important. It takes a tremendous amount of self care and knowledge to have faith in not only what, but how we do things. love you too!

    Kathryn, Thank you… more more to come (I love the accountability factor)

    You both inspire me.

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  4. Nanci Hersh
    July 18, 2011

    Lorrie, thanks for your comment. So true, I especially get annoyed when it is art teachers that forget that process is so important. It takes a tremendous amount of self care and knowledge to have faith in not only what, but how we do things. love you too!

    Kathryn, Thank you… more more to come (I love the accountability factor)

    You both inspire me.

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  5. Nanci Hersh
    July 18, 2011

    Oops, hit that Publish button twice, don’t know how to remove it… any idea Kathryn?

    Reply

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