Raw, messy, beautiful imperfection

“Creating paintings that reflect a version of life that I recognise – raw, messy and beautiful in its uncertainty and imperfection – is my way of pushing back against the whitewash [of] slickly packaged images and words telling us what our lives should look like.”

I’ve just been reading  the September/October issue of Cloth Paper Scissors and read these words in an interview with artist Kim Niehans.  I’d never seen her beautiful art before, but these closing word of hers had me nodding vigorously and muttering, “yes, that’s it.

I’m no painter, but that’s how I want to write: I want my words to tell the truth about the beauty and the messy imperfect wonder of life.  There are glittering jewels all around us in the everyday muddle if we only stop and notice them.

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