Jackson Pollock: Interview

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Diana Ford
FAS 101

Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956)

-Many people say that artists think outside the box, would you say you were thinking outside the box with the drip technique? In 1947 Pollock first used the process of pouring or dripping paint onto a flat canvas in stages, often alternating weeks of painting with weeks of contemplating before he finished a canvas. A whole series of paintings—beginning with Full Fathom Five (1947) and Lucifer (1947) and proceeding through Summertime (1948), Number Ten, 1949 (1949), the mural-sized canvases of 1950 such as One, Autumn Rhythm, and Lavender Mist, and the black and white Number Thirty-two, 1950 (1950)—display the infinite variety of effect and expression he achieved through the method of “poured” painting (Encyclopedia Britannica). -Which painting would you say best showed off your drip method best Mural or Cathedral? In the Mural the Biographical Dictionary of Artists, Andromeda states, “that the process was intensified by the “drip” method of paint splashed over a canvas stretched on the floor but it was seen at its most grandiose in Cathedral.” They also went on to state that Cathedral was the furthest point to which Pollock's Abstract Expressionist style could be taken. -When you have spoken of your paintings you stated that you like to place the painting on the floor so you feel more in it, how did you come upon this? It is a known fact that Pollock liked to walk around his painting as he did them. This movement around the painting also helped give it the name of action painting. It has been stated that he believed that an artist must be a part of his paintings and that the act of painting was as important as the work itself (The Great American History Fact-Finder). -While you are painting what helped you become “unconscious”?

It has been said that he used to have to try to tap into unconsciousness when he was...
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