The Purpose Of Title

The Purpose Of Title

What would you think if I called myself Sir Hilario, King of Art? It would be ridiculous because it means absolutely nothing. So why do some artists throw a name onto a finished piece of art without it belonging to the work? I find that a name or title expresses the feeling of authority of that which is presented. So the name given to a work of art should be coming from what it is being presented.

For me, art and title are one. My title doesn’t go to the piece of art, it comes from it. Before I start a painting or sculpture I begin with an idea and give it life by weaving it into a story or memory. It may be no more than a sentence or as long as a paragraph. From this my connection to the work reveals to me the feeling of its outcome.

Here’s my process. My thought into story, from the story I begin to feel what is needed to create the art. I let that feeling determine the process that reveals the abstract image. The abstract image is named before it is completed because the name comes from the art, not a name given to it. For my work, the title is a preface to the beholder to begin their relationship to the art. It is that first connection the artist and the beholder share.

So read each of the titles of my work and consider the relationship from title to artist to beholder. Then leave me a comment with your thoughts on this; I would like to know what you think.