Transforming the world according to Miro
Understanding Miro’s painting (1893-1983) is before all an exercise in simplicity and freedom. An exercise where letting go predominates - of self and imagination - from everything we see, feel and associate. In sum, we must first do nothing and let everything come to life. Miro said he worked as a gardener or a winemaker. His images and his vocabulary of forms were born and evolved in painting. Thus a form, which was not predetermined suggests, gives birth to the form of a bird, a woman or a plant. He said that in doing so he followed Matisse, let himself be guided by the hand. Elements, the line or colour stains germinate and transform. Example: from a pile of manure a flower is born. «A small thread coming off the canvas, a drop of water falling, a speck of dust or a burst of light triggers a World. » He manages to create a universe constantly in the making where everything surrounding it is absorbed. As a ritual in echo to his youth when not having enough to eat he was subject to hallucinations and glare which gradually created natural and unusual associations. "I did not paint what I saw in a dream, but that which hunger was producing: These states of trance allowed for transition, transformation. Later, he practiced fasting "to see better ", before comparing his practices with those of a Japanese archer: concentration, tension, release and abandonment.