Finding the Essence

Of restraint.

low angle view of spiral staircase against black background

When it comes to composition––a painting, a poem, a film––so much of the work is about discovering the essence of the thing. The rest is arbitrary. The art comes from learning what to eliminate. This takes time.


My interest in the art and life of Louise Bourgeois led me to the writings and interviews assembled in this book. The italicized phrase above is from one of her early letters.

Author: Stacey C. Johnson

I keep watch and listen, mostly in dark places.

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