I was wondering why I paint. It sounds like a simple question with a simple answer: I like making stuff. But what stuff? why? The same answer can be applied to any multitude of things I choose to do. Why do I: fold origami; draw; craft jewelry; program; knit? Why do I feel compelled to take up: glass blowing; ceramics; silk screening; animation; carpentry; engineering; tatting; cooking; ice sculpture; metal working; Celtic knotting? What is the point behind: bicycling; fencing; unicycling; juggling; aikidou; qi gong; tai chi; Japanese (not to leave out the things I want to to do: rock climbing; swimming; parkour; gymnastics)? Why have I settled on painting and physics? What about these two raises them above the rest? Are they fundamental? Are they better than the rest? Are they just broad? And why two? Why not three? Why not one?
I'm already stretched to my limits if these two are to be considered main, and the rest minor. And then I get asked "Do I see myself combining them"? Into what? What could these two possibly become together? Why these two? Why not any other combination of ANY other obsession?
Is glass not good enough? What does "good enough" even mean? Must I paint with an agenda? Why don't I paint free body diagrams on old masters? Why not the probability distribution of an electron? Why not atom smashers? scattering experiments? galaxies? the universe?
...And in the comic below I realize I've successful combined physics and drawing. Should I paint comics? It might be fun. But then why am I bothering to paint it? Is that really the right medium? Does it give my comic historical authority? Do I care about historical authority?
I paint GLASS! It's fun! I like looking at things. I like observing the world around me, studying it; That's why I'm interested in physics. Painting about physics may be too self referential. Whatever...
|I'd wear it on a T-shirt.|