by Steve

Rien was the result of feeling accompanied by an uncomfortable presence, a jangly burden which I eventually unloaded in this picture. I think the way this happens is an experience common to most artists.

Victor Willing

I wasn’t familiar with the work of Victor Willing but enjoyed the exhibition of his work at Hastings Contemporary, however I was struck most by this quotation – the idea of a “jangly burden” certainly resonates, it feels right even if I can’t put my finger on why.

And the idea of unburdening yourself through creativity resonates too. I suspect that is one reason why creating anything can be so compelling in that it offers some kind of release from whatever hangs over us.

And I suspect it is one reason why any creative endeavour can be so frustrating and frightening too, as there is every chance that if you don’t get it right then the burden will remain.