- "My 5-year-old daughter can do this!"
- "Not really."
In One Number 31, the image is not the #signifier that refers to the #signified. #Pollock experiments with #automation, explores his #subconscious and uses the canvas to express his emotions, #improvising but at the same time maintaining control of the work. The image is not painted; it happened.
"New arts need new techniques. The modern artist cannot express this age; the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture." Jackson Pollock, 1950
The artist deliberately avoids any pictorial #representation and creates an artwork that conveys the preoccupations of his time. In this #masterpiece one can reflect one's loneliness, one's anxiety, one's darkest thoughts.
Fortunately, all these have nothing to do with your daughter. Your 5-year-old daughter may accidentally throw paint on the floor, but your daughter is not Pollock. At least, not yet.