“I  paint because it’s my work,” Mr. Marden told the documentarian Edgar B. Howard in 1976. “And I paint because I believe it’s the best way that I can pass my time as a human being. I paint for myself. I paint for my wife. And I paint for anybody that’s willing to look at it.”

“I begin by writing down notes. I might be listening to a talk, or revisiting a book or thinking through an essay that someone wrote, so that I can begin to formulate an argument and sense the tension there. Sometimes I’m just scribbling on a napkin, but I also have a series of notebooks, each associated with different projects. A new piece comes from an idea, and it usually also comes from a feeling. The feeling is not disconnected from the idea.” Ja’Tovia Gary

In other words I am exploring my world.

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