Vija Celmins, one of my favorite painters, describes her subject matter as little more than an “armature” on which to hang her deepest feelings while indulging her passion for painting. As with most art forms, there is so much more to a painting than its content. Terms like landscape or still-life seem so limiting.
Many artists would agree that when engaged in a work, labels inevitably come off of things. We no longer see a tree, a face, or a flower, but the countless unnameable shapes that embody those things. For many of us, a painting has little to do with its content and everything to do with the artist’s embrace of the visual world.