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Question 20: In reflecting on your overall production, what are your thoughts on your work as an artist?
Well, that I’ve had a jolly good time and it’s keeping up. I hope it goes on keeping up, and that’s about it. I know there are a few paintings … If I go to see people and sit in front of a painting of mine, and I would so love them to go away, I keep hoping they’ll go to the bathroom because I’d like to change something, even if I know that it’s too late, you can’t really, really really… I know there are some that I’d like to do this to, but at the same time I don’t dare to do it, and I don’t have the reputation of doing that... [laugh] so I don’t think I’d do it. But when I look over all my paintings, some of them from a while back, especially those that were about my memories of the past, well there was some really good stuff that came out of all that work. I think I called them my mother’s superstitions. Some of them I did were about Borgitte’s wardrobe, I was just thinking of doing those paintings over again with more details than I’d put in the first time, it would be like “part 2”. I’ve been repeating this theme for a while now because I thought it was a special theme. When I look at all of them, let’s say that those I’d like to zoom in on and think, Well if I would do something over again I’d like to do this, even if I know that… Well it’s not really impossible, but it seems it’s really hard to do. There was this painting, The Babineau brothers go lobster fishing, well there were so many people who came to me after seeing the painting and said, We want one, the very very very same, a little bit smaller but the very same as this. They don’t realize that I’d never ever be able to. Once it’s done it’s impossible to go back in the past. I can do something similar, I can come real close, it might look the same, but it will never be the same. So there’s been a lot of people who wanted me to remake these paintings. I find that pretty interesting you know, I try sometimes just to see if I could really come close, but it’s impossible.