I like drawings or paintings that leave things unsaid. I think partially completed artwork is more interesting because it lets us fill in the blanks. But more than that, I like it because that process mirrors real life.
We are constantly filling in the blanks. We see an event and interpret it. We meet a person and categorize them. We anticipate a new experience and we pre-judge it. We do all this based on prior experiences, personality traits, mental blocks, situational factors … and that means we never see events or people for what they really are.
Instead we get snippets, flashes, glimpses …
When I was young, I thought the answer was honest communication. If you want to know how someone is feeling, for example, you should just ask. Ah, the innocence of youth!
Now I realize that it’s pointless to ask because most people haven’t the faintest idea what they’re feeling or why.
In the end, all we can ever understand, even about ourselves, is part of the story.
This is day 60 of a 365-day selfie project. See all my self-portraits here.