Heinz Henghes in
France summer 1973
a recent exhibition of my sculptures in London, when asked to "explain"
my work I stated that my work is concerned with the sense of Man
in Nature and Nature in Man. This sentence... is well rounded out
and sonorous and is also the kind of mystifying phrasing to which
artists, when they are elderly and more or less successful are prone.
Think of Renoir....
"in order to be able to paint one must throw oneself into the
water without being able to swim..."
Brancusi, who, while fingering his tri-coloured beard said to me..,
"young man, never do anything you don't want to do..."
Ezra Pound, who, over a game of chess let fall "never explain
what you have stated" when I was whaffling about what I thought
I had tried to do in a recent sculpture. Tried to do....it's always
like that... in the end we live on something that, for all our vast
terminology and elaborate terms of reference deals with things which
are on another plane than is anything we can ever phrase through