Categories

Not For Sale

Medium: watercolor, acrylic, and marker on paper

Dimensions: apprx. 5 x 6.5 in. 

In this painting of an orange round, the letters encircling the fruit are labels that my mind assigns to questions that people ask me. I tend to think by visualizing written or typed text in front of my eyes, and I form labels and categories for what I see and hear; this is a way for me to make sense out of the world. 

 

For example, HSPFSQ means Hidden Statement Presented in the Form of a Subjective Question. QBIP means Question Based on an Invalid Premise. 

As a child I mistakenly interpreted all questions and answers as being fully objective. This became too confusing and problematic, so when I was 12, I began dividing questions into categories of Objective and Subjective. As my ability to understand questions improved over time, I added many more categories, and created formulaic procedures that I followed to determine the proper answer for each question I was asked. Now, as an adult, I still have my categories, but I am no longer reliant on them as a way of understanding and relating to the world.

© 2017 by Rebecca Giles.