Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 18

 

Out of New Bedford
1975
Acrylic, stitching and mixed media on canvas
16″ x 20″

A path is a line

whose beginning

and end are distinguished.

Charles Sanders Peirce 1839 – 1914

All my Xes are not in Texas.

I was asked during an artist talk why Xes were so prevalent in my work.  When I went to answer, I realized I didn’t know why.  Worse yet, I realized they were not the lines of my genetic memory theory.  That is, that I was reliving the accidental death of the progenitor of the Fortier family; Antoine Fortier, a seventeenth century Canadian navigator who died when his foot became entangled in the anchor line of his boat.

So what do the Xes symbolize or signify?  And, where did these marks come from?  I think they go back to my early stitched canvas pieces which evolved into the more characteristic calligraphic in most of my work.   I sort of went from Alberto Burri (1915 – 1995) to  Cy Twombly (1928 – 2011 ) who is a whole other story I’d rather not get into right now.

To paraphrase Peirce, art has a beginning and and end, which are distinguished – as a circle perhaps.

 

Posted on: 16/10/2012, by : Ron Fortier
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