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Archive for April, 2009

another quiet day

090420diary painting; oil on wood panel, 15 x 20 cms

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natten mellan onsdag och torsdag gick Katja, min mor, ur tiden; frimodigt och stilla

the night between Wednesday and Thursday, Katja, my mother, passed away

L’amour n’est pas consolation, il est lumière.

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diary paintings; oil on wood panel, 15 x 20 cms each

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Text reading seminar at the course – Aesthetic-Based Qualitative Research – which I follow at Stockholm University (see also Archives/January 2009).

Is there really a difference between art and research? I bring the question to the course.

– Art appeals to feeling, is one answer I get. Oh, I’d love to have it that way… but I cannot really hold it to be simple like that. Art  is largely conceptual, and has always been – at least visual arts, ever since cave paintings.

– Research is systematical,  is another answer. Well, that sounds convincing at first. But then – what about (for instance) the work of Claude Monet? There are artists just as dedicated as the best of researchers in the pursuit of one theme.

– Art is mediated by sensual experience, would be my first attempt to answer myself. As if not research – or any kind of message – is… Tricky one, this.

“Ethos anthropoi daimon” (Heraclitus; and here I will not even attempt to choose a translation among the infinite possible ones)I’ll try another approach; how does my inner attitude change, from making art to doing research? Or, does it?

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