The following pages recording work - completed by August this year - are the last works I
shall complete in the sense that they remain a part of what I suppose might be seen as my
years spent working as an artist. By artist I imply a person who spends most of a lifetime
creating 2 and 3 dimensional images acceptable as Fine Art statements. I do not suggest that
any of such works are of great aesthetic value - but they are of personal value in that they
represent (to me at least) an important aspect of many years spent working if not necessarily
happily, creatively - years which continued and continue to be a useful learning process.
This last batch of work - largely 2 Dimensional - once begun led me to write the following
explanatory note of its intent:
Creative Activity work - November 2002The accompanying framed pencil drawings, the
paintings, and the three-dimensional cube, cone, and sphere (plaster), are simply the result
of a wish to work creatively and without the stimulus of any urgent, inner art-related drive.
They were a way to overcome the probable boredom of inactivity. This statement - a concept in
itself I suppose, (I invariably attempted to understand and explain my various sources and
creative intentions - after the event!) led me right back to the beginning - a return to the
infrastructure of visual-form: Point, Line, and Plane, each of these items representing an
ultimate icon from which all images appear to be created.
Simple though the images appearing were, they arrived without the stress and struggle
experienced during other years spent attempting to create meaningful works. There was an
uncomplicated sense of enjoyment in using extremely simple means - both formally and
materially - to produce images which might stand (when framed and viewed) as personal
statements of some interest; this unlike my earlier more complex and worried images which
were usually intended to suggest a symbolic meaning beyond the boundaries of their phenomenal
existence. These new-for-me art-works were exactly what they factually represented - 'you got
what you saw '. I suppose I had arrived back where I might have originally started in the
first place but did not because of conditioned preconceptions about what Art was; maybe this
was also due to a lack of enlightened teachers - eventually I was fortunate enough to find
some. Yet, on the other hand, one needs in the end to self-discover in order to prove that
whatever become seeming end-truths are unequivocally true for oneself.
All text and images ©Laurence Burt, 2000 - 2015