Following up on (previous) posting re: William James’ Principles of Psychology and James’ thoughts on what has come to be known as “stream of consciousness,” I think of Gloria K. Alford’s painting titled “Words,” Acrylic on Paper, 22 x 30… which appears here with her permission. If it’s possible for a painting to catch something of the nature of language, language of a certain kind… language coming into being, language (and this is going to sound strange), taking the form of “words,” and, for me anyway, tapping into what I think of as “stream of consciousness,” well, this painting does that. Gloria doesn’t often include words in her pieces, and I’m not exactly sure how or why it happens here. But… well, one day I may use it as a cover for a book, again, with her permission.
I know, but don’t know… “What’s it all about?” I ask. “Words, words, words,” she says. “How much communication happens with words? There’s so much, speaking, but also the printed word, which is what I have in mind. Nothing profound. Any kind of meaning you want to give it is okay by me,” she says. “Which is itself,” I say, “a way of playing with words, giving it back to the reader…” Back, in other words, to the beginning, to Gloria’s question, “How much communication happens with words?”