Few things suffocate a painting more than a viewer’s thirst for its depths.Vincent O’Sullivan in Ralph Hotere: The Dark is Light Enough
Some paintings have a lot of depth, and I like the ones that do, but maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to go digging for hidden meaning.
Many paintings really are just about what you see on the surface: colour, texture, nature, light.
And the paintings that do, whether consciously or not, contain deeper layers of meaning should first be appreciated for their surface anyway.
At least, I think that’s what this quote is getting at. 😄