Typically I believe that art should speak for itself and doesn't really require a title, and yet, I can't bring myself to name my work 'Untitled'. Plus, it is always intriguing to me to read the title of a work and, particularly when it's not describing a place or thing specifically, to wonder why the artist chose it. I'm enamoured with words, thus my obession with books, and find it interesting how titles come to me...sometimes, through what I'm reading or have heard or seen, or through a memory or something that I am experiencing at the time, or is happening in the world at large.
Awhile ago I was working on a piece that reminded me of harvest, the harvest moon to be exact, and I was thinking of Neil Young's song and remembered seeing the most beautiful, huge, burnt orange harvest moon two years ago with my daughter and so 'Harvest Moon' became my title. Recently I was looking at a photo of one of my older pieces and though the title was just one word, the song that was playing on the radio that day jumped into my mind. As much as my work is intuitive, adding shapes and colours as I am drawn to them, so are the titles.
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