I express my not-self


I don’t express myself in my paintings. I express my not-self.
– Mark Rothko


Mark Rothko: Orange and Yellow 1956


When I was a younger man, art was a lonely thing. No galleries, no collectors, no critics, no money. Yet it was a golden age, for we all had nothing to lose and a vision to gain. Today it is not quite the same, it is a time of tons of verbiage activity, consumption. Which condition is better for the world at large, I will not venture to discuss. But I do know that many of those who are driven to this life are desperately searching for those pockets of silence where we can root and grow. We must all hope we find them.

– Mark Rothko

1903-1970 – born September 25th

Gratitude to Luke Storms and Parabola Magazine on Facebook for these quotes from Rothko, and the image.

5 thoughts on “I express my not-self

  1. Miriam, I’ve always loved Rothko’s paintings; thanks for sharing such a stunning, vibrant orange/red/yellow piece and such inspirational writings of Rothko himself. Great start to my morning!!

    1. Yes Patricia – it would be hard to go forth and have a glum day after spending some moments with Rothko’s gorgeous field of energy!
      Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. I’m thinking of you as you follow your heart into your new venture – bravo!

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