Richard Watson, 72, Visual and Performing Artist
Prophetically, what I paint and how I visualize reality are elements that come through me.
I don’t try and design my spaces while I’m painting.
I see the future as an opening and explosion of confidence in defining ourselves and that goes well beyond what people think is possible.
Well beyond a space they can design.
It is planted in us when we are young, the knowledge that we can be anything we want to be. I always had that because I never wanted to conform or think about what would happen if you break the rules. If you break a rule it doesn’t means it’s the end of things, it means it is the beginning of something that hasn’t been done before.
Young people who are exposed to the conditions of what we do now, culturally, are assets for the future. Technology plays a great role in that because they are being born into an era where it is a natural form of connectivity.
My grandson is 28 months old but he can take my phone and find Tickle Me Elmo on YouTube. He knows how to tap instead of push and it’s a wonder. So, futurism is coming. But the future is also now. All of what was foretold that we thought was far away, is happening. We’re just missing the Jetsons.
First, we have to let go of contaminated particles. The little things that distract us from being focused on building a foundation for our community of growing spirits that will benefit us as a people. It means that we are entertained by a whole lot of things that demean us spiritually. We support programming and ideas that feed into a sense of self-degradation that has to be purged from our psyche.
The agents of surviving will be those who are actively involved in the changing of that state of consciousness.
It has to be supplanted with a sense of compassion for old people who need assistance and young people who need guidance; people who are deficient in certain skills that need some support and encouragement; people who have been abused and need counselling towards wholeness and trust again. Unless that happens in a nuclear way we’ll never come together in the future.We’re like the stars that are forming over trillions of years. Your art won’t always come at a time that everybody is ready to consume it, but it’s important to manifest it for the future.
Richard's Revolutionary Picks:
I look at the work of artists like Hughie Lee-Smith. His work is surrealist, dream-like and mystical. Unfortunately, he didn’t get his just due because of racism and exclusionary practices. I also look to Wifredo Lam and Eldzier Cortor.