Gerda Roper Paintings and Drawings


When asked what do I paint, I find it hard to generalise. With drawings it is somewhat easier, as they are usually inspired by events, observations, accounts, sometimes a poem,a description in a book,or an idea.

Paintings evolve more under their own direction, they unfurl. They will start with an idea, or the sense of something and crystallise through the process of painting.

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When asked what do I paint, I find it hard to generalise. With drawings it is somewhat easier, as they are usually inspired by events, observations, accounts, sometimes a poem, a description in a book, or an idea.

Paintings evolve more under their own direction, they unfurl. They will start with an idea, or the sense of something and crystallise through the process of painting.

Perception

The years of my youth, my life of pleasure –
How clearly I see the meaning of them now.

What unnecessary, what vain repentances…

But I did not see the meaning then.

Under the dissolute living of my youth
Were being formed the intentions of my poetry,
The province of my art was being planned.

And that is why my repentances were never lasting.
My resolutions to control myself, to change,
Used to endure for two weeks at most.

CP Cavafy, 1918

Perception

The years of my youth, my life of pleasure –
How clearly I see the meaning of them now.

What unnecessary, what vain repentances…

But I did not see the meaning then.

Under the dissolute living of my youth
Were being formed the intentions of my poetry,
The province of my art was being planned.

And that is why my repentances were never lasting.
My resolutions to control myself, to change,
Used to endure for two weeks at most.

CP Cavafy, 1918


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