Reading The Seasons Sacred
Under the sections of this very long and involved work, I have offered a few clues for reading and understanding it from my perspective. I hope I have left much unsaid and yet to be discussed.
However, for some audiences, reading subject matter into an abstract composition ruins it. Art critics who only saw Rothko’s compositions as non-representational works frustrated the artist, because for him there was always subject matter. I have heard similar responses to other sacred works that I have painted – “don’t tell me what it means, I just want to see it as an abstract.” I have no problem with that. Indeed, offering too many cues from my personal interpretation diminishes the potential of the art to speak on its own terms to anyone looking at it.