Ellen E. Rand: Interview

painting by Ellen E. Rand (courtesy of the artist)
Painting by Ellen E. Rand (courtesy of the artist)

Christine Hughes interviews painter Ellen E. Rand on the occasion of Rand's recent exhibition at Figureworks, Brooklyn.

Rand comments: "Years ago, when I was at the Met, I saw a Manet painting of a sailor in a boat with one or two women. I like to read some of the information about a painting – when, where, who the artist knew, but the card next to the painting said that the artist painted out the original placement of the rope and put it in a different place because the 'dynamics of the diagonals of the expressions of…' and on and on. I thought, no! He painted it out because he didn’t like the way it looked! I do feel that an awful lot of art now is just an illustration of a thought or an idea, not something that comes from inside."