the two paintings to the left were less than satisfactory to me since i first created “Chuck” left and (untitled) below several years ago. i took a razor to them both today and shredded them. then, i arranged the pieces on the floor of my studio (above) trying to figure out whether they deserved to be salvaged. this much more successful composition emerged after a few minutes of manipulation. the piece will be deconstructed again and perhaps made part of a permanent piece, or perhaps not. the idea of a temporary art installation or environmental art that decomposes, rather than hangs in a gallery, appeals to me. i can’t sell it, so there is only me and the art and a sense of utter ownership over it. i can only photograph it. like people, our image, our voice, our persona is very temporary as we age and we can only admire the way they/we once looked by the evidence left behind in photographs. it is important, and i am training myself, to let go of things, including my art.