on happiness

People tell me my paintings are about peace. I really think they’re about tranquility. Tranquility comes when you’re resting. Your mind has stopped. You feel happy.

I have dedicated this year to studying the work of Virginia Woolf. And maybe thats why I have become more sensitive and interested in the work of female artists? Anyways – today I would like to share my love for Agnes Martin (1912-2004) with you. A love which is not restricted to her visual work, but which also include her writings. For, as you can see in my quotations, her thoughts on art are extremely well formulated. I find them very-very inspiring; hope you will too!

Beauty illustrates happiness: the wind in the grass, the glistening waves following each other, the flight of birds – all speak of happiness.

The clear blue sky illustrates a different kind of happiness, and the soft dark night a different kind. There are an infinite number of different kinds of happiness.

Agnes Martin

When I think of Art, I think of Beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life.
It is not in the eye, it is in the mind.
In the mind, there is an awareness of perfection.

And here she is in her own words

I haven’t quite figured it out yet, but there seems to be a connection – in my mind at least – between Agnes Martin and Eva Hesse. An awareness of perfection, is it?

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Esa says:

    I do think I am trying to attain that quietness of the mind. And is striving for that perfection, not what we try to acheive through ‘art’.

  2. litlove says:

    What an interesting woman! The quotations are beautiful. She is a new name to me and I will have to look her out.

  3. I had not heard of her before. Quiet mind is a form of happiness, I think, though more ‘hedonistic’ approaches to happiness seem more popular. Although, as you quote her here, she says there are infinite forms of happiness. A sweet thought.

  4. Angela says:

    I absolutely love Martin’s quote on beauty at the end of your post, Sigrun. Lovely….. thank you.

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