12 May 2020

une oeuvre est une oeuvre

Tangier, Morocco 2013   

This came from a small MUJI book of drawings made with a bamboo stick and encre de Chine. Working with a small selection of bamboo sticks was as much an adventure as it was to be working in the streets again. I went to Tangiers for a week just to draw again in Morocco. It had been a few years since I had done a trip like this but it was a short one because I was going back to Australia within a few weeks. I somehow had this feeling that I may not be doing these drawing trips for much longer. Indeed, a year later, I decided to settle in Australia after a life in France.

I am never able to really see a work I've made until much later in time. In this case seven years before I looked at these drawings again. I like some of them very much. But I couldn't see something like this until enough time had passed, enough time when I cannot remember anything about it. The feeling is all mine, for sure, and the strokes which create the light could only be done by me. In fact, the great things about this drawing are all mine, but as well, so are its mistakes. 

While one often only speaks of a drawing's successful attributes, a work usually possesses 'mistakes' too. These 'flaws', of which the creator is always somehow aware, are what make a work deeply unique and original. And these are the marks which give a drawing an authenticity which could only be made by just one creator. So to resume; I think an oeuvre is an oeuvre for both its attributes and its mistakes.

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