Silent Uncertainties

Total silence is perhaps the most appropriate environment for contemplation of uncertainties and a deep reflection on my research question.  Waiting in silence is of significance.  It has also a metaphorical meaning. The absence of sound, as a stimulus, creates a unique atmosphere, expectation and inspires imagination.  I would like to reconsider my previous ideas, which incorporate spoken text with my paintings. My references come from the following thoughts regarding a silent piano concerto titled 4’33”.

John Cage’s 4’33’’, 1952,


“Originally we had in mind what you might call an imaginary beauty, a process of basic emptiness with just a few things arising in it. . . . And then when we actually set to work, a kind of avalanche came about which corresponded not at all with that beauty which had seemed to appear to us as an objective.

Where do we go then?  . . . Well what we do is go straight on; that way lies, no doubt, a revelation.  I had no idea this was going to happen.  I did have an idea something else would happen.  Ideas are one thing and what happens another.”

— John Cage, “Where are we going?  And what are we doing?”

(John Cage, 1961 p. 220 – 222)


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