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What to do when you have too much bad art. Starting with the most severe;
My first idea comes from Michael Landy’s Breakdown, where he destroys everything he owns, even his artwork. My next artwork could be to document the destruction of my own work.
The next idea is to destroy every unsuccessful painting straight after completion. Then cut up the canvas so no one is able to see my latest catastrophe.
Of course l could work out what canvases I can repaint over. This could be a case of trial and error to see what works or doesn’t work.
To save space, I could take the canvas off the stretchers and roll them up. Then recycle the frame by stretching a new canvas on it.
My last idea is not to date my paintings. Maybe in time, I will realise they weren’t that bad. It may be possible to sell them as current paintings.
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It is surprising that destroying artwork is common practice. It is natural selection. Only the strongest will survive. The highly successful artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye destroys her work at least three times a week.
“I know generally after a day of working on something whether it is working or not. Out of either pride or feeling, I wasted a whole day on something, I will often keep it until the next day. Come back, look at it and destroy it. I hate leaving things in the studio that I am not happy with. Because I have this terrible sense that if something happened to me that night, and this was the last thing I did, my dealer will turn up at the studio and say ‘Well, she must have meant this one to go in.’ ‘She is not here anymore, but this looks all right.’ I don’t want anything there that someone might think I intended to keep it. So I always feel like I have to make a decision and chop something up at the end of the day. But there is this thing that the light has changed throughout the day. Maybe I am not seeing it right. Maybe l should wait until the next day until l can see it in daylight and be absolutely sure it is bad before l get rid of it. I have gotten to be very brutal. I am extremely quick to make a decision that something is wrong and get rid of it. Like I said it happens a few times a week at the moment. More than a few times a week actually,” she says laughing.