Partu Oil with varnish and pencil on canvas · 48 x 36 in (1.2 x 0.9 m) · 2009 · $2,500.
I struggle with titles. I want the viewer to see what their own minds bring to the work, rather than what a title might conjure up. At the same time, it makes it hard to talk about the hundreds of paintings I've made with no names at all, and using "Untitled No.X" over and over does not hold much appeal. For this painting I chose the name “Partu” for two reasons. One, it’s a nonexistent word that does not convey a particular meaning in English. Two, I conceived of the title as the French word “Partout.” I feel the painting is ethereal—like sea, sky, vapor, clouds—it is throughout, it transcends. It is not specific. Since I could not bear the thought of hearing someone mispronouncing, “Partout,” with the English final "t" sound, as in “out,” I opted for the phonetic, “Partu”!
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