The Miracle of Melancholy
9” x 12”
Sometimes I obsess over the beauty of sadness. sadness allows a single person to experience deep and meaningful emotion without another person needing to be present. It is also one of the few emotions that do not interrupt thinking (I also find that anger can be very stimulating).
I thought of this piece just after my grandpa died long after everybody thought that he was going to. He had been sick for years and had been talking about the imminence of his death for even longer. This allowed me to experience the catharsis over a prolonged time, which, of course negated impact altogether. It was almost as if my sadness was on some sort of unspoken schedule. It was un spontaneous and deadening. And the heavy, intervening mediation of the catholic church only removed me from the experience more so.
I plan to make more work concerning this event idea, but for now my thoughts on the topic are scattered and undeveloped.