Art is a form of madness because there are so many risks in connection with artistic observations. The transgressions of normal limits which every artistic process presupposes can be fateful. The costs are great. Sometimes it is a matter of life or death. An artist who outlives himself can control his madness. Controlled madness is the true badge of an artist. Through controlled madness the artist reaches the targets he aspires to.
Madness can be a wild tiger which must not be killed. One must make do with identifying it, hunting it, forcing it up in to a corner and harnessing it to one’s feelings and imagination.
A wild tiger must be tamed. The tamed tiger will lead the artist much further forward than any school, teacher, drug or religion will be able to. But as with every source of strength and development, there is a risk in playing with one’s own savagery. Sometimes when the identification and the hunt go too fast, the process disintegrates and the tamed tiger turns on the artist with its atavistic savagery.
I am going to have a exhibition with ANNETTE HOFF-JESSEN in the JANUS BUILDING. 27/10 – 25/11 2012. It will be a major exhibition that we look forward to. The titel for my paintings are “The striped lion”
Some of the paintings can be seen under www.annettehoff-jessen.com or www.uffechristoffersen.net
Annette Hoff-Jessen standing in front of her landscape and Uffe Christoffersen in the front of his tigers.
Now it is weekend, and I have been painting every day since monday. The result is seven paintings in progress. -Three which are 2 x 2 m. -Two paintings which are 195 x 97 cm. and two which are 195 x 130 cm. I just started with the drawning and put on a thin layer of paint for a start.
Have just updated my website with new photos. -It’s really fun and nice, so I can show my pictures to others. It is like a “diary” with pictures 🙂