• shellypamensky

WHY WORDS

Updated: Apr 5, 2019

The power of prophecy... it can happen



A long time ago when I was a bit lost after a bad breakup and fresh out of University, not knowing what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be, it seemed like a very opportune moment to see an astrologist! I wish I could remember her name because she was amazing. Aside from a very detailed reading, there were 3 things she told me which I have never been able to forget:


1. I would reach a crossroads at 38,

2. about what I could expect financially in future,

3. I would one day use writing when I was ready t to convey what I wanted to say.


Well the two former proved themselves to be correct, but no. 3 always stuck in my mind, because although I liked writing, I knew I never wanted to be a writer, so I wondered how or if this would ever manifest.


It’s been about two years now that I have been collecting and writing phrases that mean something to me. For a while I didn’t understand why or what I would ever want to do with them. I just knew that I felt compelled to do so and that these struck a chord with me. Then, when I felt a yearning to paint again it all clicked and I realised that I wanted to present these words in my paintings, thus creating paintings as a vessel for the words.


Nowadays with the social media implosion it is unavoidable to see or read inspirational or otherwise phrases on a daily basis. I find it fascinating how sometimes you read something and those few words make so much sense to you, that you feel you could change your whole life, or you feel that you are finally being understood. Why do some words have so much impact and others just mean nothing to you?






So with this idea in mind I decided to start creating paintings around the words I have been writing and collecting for myself. I always know what they mean to me and the titles I select will often reflect this. What interests me the most is what they would mean to the viewer, what their interpretation would be and how far it would differ to mine. This reflects to me the way of the world, how everything we say, hear or see, is open to vast interpretation. It’s all in the hands, eyes and ears of the beholder. And so I am drawn to write implicit messages in my work so one can know what I may have been thinking even if the other thinks something completely different.

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