- Sophies choice(Noun)A choice between two persons or things that will result in the death or destruction of the person or thing not chosen.
Monday, June 11, 2018
Two Children Playing 2017/destroyed June 2018
Origin: From the title of the book Sophie's Choice by William Styron Wictionary
As I continue to work, and accumulate more work, much of which doesn't sell, and some of which never even gets exhibited, I have to face the fact that some of the work must die, or better said, be recycled so that I can make another image on the panel or surface it inhabited. I sometimes think I'm not the best person to make the decision, being way too close to the images to have to choose. But if not me, then who? I can't even ask this of my husband, who is game to help me in anyway he can. So, it's up to me. I put the candidates for the death squad on the wall, and look at them for several days, sometimes weeks, sometimes years. At last I decide who must go under the big gesso brush, then put them out on tables on the porch, all neatly lined up, and, with my heart breaking a little, dip my brush into the bucket of white Kilz and go to work. After two coats, sanding between each one, I'm left with ten to twelve beautiful new surfaces, all ready to start a new lives. But still, for a little while at least, I will remember what exised underneath those beautiful white surfaces.