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untitled (central part with rolling ball) (2001)
sand trace 152, 10x10in.

starting from a seed

(paul klee quoted by john cage)

it is a great difficulty and a great necessity to have to start with the smallest. i want to be as though new-born, knowing nothing, absolutely nothing, about europe; ignoring poets and fashions, to be almost primitive. then i want to do something very modest; to work out by myself a tiny formal motive, one that my pencil will be able to hold without technique. one favorable moment is enough. the little thing is easily and concisely set down. it's already done! it was a tiny, but real affair, and someday through the repetition of such small, but original, deeds, there will be one work upon which i can really build.

(john cage, defense of satie 1948)

i do not say everything, but i paint everything.
(pablo picasso)

creative commons license jean-pierre hébert contact. (12 Sep 2007)