"You have confused the true and the real."
--Samuel R. Delany, from the book Dhalgren
Having learned perspective early on, I came to realize that this was a man-made technique used to simulate three-dimensionality in a two-dimensional work. What if perspective was never invented? Painting the inside of my college boarding room, I tried to render the scene exactly as I saw it, leading to parallel lines in the work that very definitely do not lead to a common vanishing point or horizon line. I finished the room, and was trying to figure out what to put in the windows (in reality, boringly blocked by bushes from this angle). During one particularly drug-influenced evening, I briefly saw the overall pattern of life. The next day, I realized that the room could represent my mind (since it was full of my interests: paintings, books, music, pot plants, etc.) while the windows were my eyes, looking out and seeing the emerging patterns in the world, translated and stored on my mind's blank canvas.
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