The title provides a helpful triplet to structure a fundamental career review, which is essentially what tomorrow’s presentation is about.
Part one will be about past work. Part two will set out the big questions that have brought me on a mid-career move to Harvard. Part three will be about how my practice might evolve to exploit the big answers that I’m hoping to find in the year ahead.
I have often thought about this painting; it made an impression on me as an impressionable teenager – as much for the title as for the content. It was a special joy then to discover that it is hung not far from here in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts – it has always only been in a book or a carousel of slides. And, similarly, to find out that Gauguin left Europe for Tahiti in a mid-career move, aged – like me – 42.