Art is about opening an enormous suitcase.

Not very long ago, I was in the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, walking from one exhibit to another, when I ran across a fascinating piece called “Spectacular Helmet” and a quotation from its creator, Melissa Zink.

It’s like you’re walking around with an enormous suitcase full of magic and you are never allowed to open it, because the rules say that things in the suitcase are not worthy of artistic consideration. Worlds, childhood memories, pretend, fantasy, ______ story, all that. And so, until I could open that suitcase, I didn’t really have anything to work with. It was like trying to paint with your hands tied behind your back.

– Melissa Zink, 1932 – 2009

A sailor's suitcase. Photo by Bob AuBuchon. Creative Commons license.

Unfortunately, my handwriting is so bad I can’t read the word that ends with “story” in the note I took.  And I’d never heard of Melissa Zink. But now that I’ve started to find out who she was, I’m fascinated, and I’ll have more to say about her soon.

But my computer is going into surgery tomorrow morning and is stuttering badly tonight, so this is it for Zink now.

Just take note: Says Melissa Zink, the artist must be able to use everything.

I agree.

Author: latefruit

I am forever writing the great American novel, practicing the piano (in hopes of joining an amateur string quartet someday), gardening, and now, since I've gotten old when I wasn't looking, trying to figure out what that means.

One thought on “Art is about opening an enormous suitcase.”

  1. Hey

    How are you doing today ? Am Nicholas Barry from Richmond Indiana,

    I love your work, do you have a price list I can see or any available artwork at the moment?i would like to purchase some of your arts as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary .As a matter of importance, I would also like to know if you accept check or preferably bank transfer as a means of payment .i await your response

    Best Regards

    Nicholas ..

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