Jill Trappler: A way of Reading

by Ricky Burnett

“There are things that seem like secrets that someone is keeping, but aren’t being kept by anyone.” Cesar Aira, The Seamstress and the Wind [1]

To read a painting, one must gather some insight into its origins, look to the ground of the painting’s being. To read a painting is not to describe it, it is not to describe its effects and affects, nor is it to describe its mechanisms, though this can be helpful. To read a painting well is to begin to understand the roots of its seriousness.

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