I dug some large drawings out of storage to have a new look at them. Old koi more scribbly than their more recent cousins. These were made one fish removed from the real, abstractions formed of abstractions. What can I say? I like to scribble. In these exercises in thought fish, it’s hard to identify the top of the picture, so it doesn’t strictly speaking have an “up.” I made these somewhat like my old Aussie pal, the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye, my teacher I never met — anyway, I sat on the floor and drew with the fishes spreading out horizontally (as fishes should).
And so I compared the scribbly with their firmer finned friends — all this taking place, of course, at my secret studio in the capital of the USA.