Jackson Pollock
Quotations


When I say artist I donít mean in the narrow sense of the word -- but the man who is building things -- creating, molding the earth -- whether it be the plains of the west -- or the iron ore of Penn. Itís all a big game of construction -- some with a brush -- some with a shovel -- some choose a pen.

Bums are the well-to-do of this day. They didnít have as far to fall.

The method of painting is the natural growth out of a need. I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement. . . . I can control the flow of paint: there is no accident, just as there is no beginning and no end.

My painting does not come from the easel. I hardly ever stretch the canvas before painting. I prefer to tack the unstretched canvas to the hard wall or the floor. I need the resistance of a hard surface. On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.

I continue to get further away from the usual painter's tools such as easel, palette, brushes, etc. I prefer sticks, trowels, knives and dripping fluid paint or a heavy impasto with sand, broken glass or other foreign matter added.

When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It is only after a sort of 'get acquainted' period that I see what I have been about. I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.



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