“The making of pictures consists of a large number of Yes and No decisions with a Yes decision at the end.”
When I was in my teens, my grandmother had a stroke. She lost all ability to speak except for the words Yes and No. This was sad of course, but it was also immediately interesting. How is it even possible that the brain can lose language in general but hold on to those two words separately?
It’s clear that Yes and No are independent thoughts, possibly more deeply embedded in the mind than other language. They represent primal concepts of acceptance and rejection, doing and undoing, taking in and pushing away. Arguably all human behavior is a wavering back and forth between these two poles and all other language is built to describe this movement between the two.
I have been using a reduced language in my drawings for many years, pairing simple line and color drawings with carefully pared-down phrases and imagery, in order to hint at dailylife and domestic interiors. I believe that under the noise of daily activity lies a quieter hum of human experience. Spare and efficient imagery suggest the implicit poetry of the everyday.