I have to confess .. I'm passionate about books. I really am. And I also need to admit that living in England is an absolute heaven from the point of view of finding affordable books. The other day while browsing in a second hand book shop I came across a whole shelf full of art related books published by Taschen. What can I say I felt like a kid in a sweets shop. When I saw the prices my soul started to sing a very happy song.
I did buy quite a handful, much to the delight of the shop assistant and I've started to read the one about Joan MIRO. I have to admit .... tastes do change and years ago when I came across Miro for the first time I took notice, tried briefly to understand but went back to artists in who's presence I felt safe. Time went by, I moved on from being a viewer and became a doer :) as well and things started to shift in my mind and soul.
Suddenly I felt attracted by paintings and artists with a message, by paintings exploring feelings, by the artists ready to find their own voice, prepared to break away from tradition and conformity.
I can relate to Miro in many ways including the way he uses his imagination, symbolism, colours but also the way he speaks about books - "In the room that serves as my studio I always have books and I read during the breaks in my work. This demands a constant spiritual vibration to me".
When one reads such books one realises that art is fluid and artists go through various styles, searching for their own voice, experimenting and opening new avenues. This is what I believe in with a passion... that experimenting is OK, is even beneficial, that being comfortable in one style can lead to boredom and creative blockages.
My favourite paintings by Miro are the ones in "The Constellations" series" (the 2 paintings accompanying this blog entry are from this series). The series were shown in New York in 1945 - the first new European paintings to be shown in New York for some time) and they made quite an impact among the artists and public. Apparently, this exhibition changed the work of Arshile Gorky and Jackson Pollock.
Do have a look at the following website www.joanmiro.com and enjoy the experience!