My dad is not an unhappy man. For many years, the contrasts between his temperamental conservatism and the bleakness of the painting, his love of numbers and systems, and the curious content of this image led to an unknown: my dad’s shadowy, emotional life. An integral completes, forms a unit; his commingling of rational mathematics and irrational art-making, the rigidity of numerals, and the wandering of the imagination surprised and moved me.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Writer, editor, and teacher Anna Leahy asked me to guest-blog at her very interesting Lofty Ambitions site. I abstract my dad: