I’m at the stage of finishing this project. I know from experience that finishing stretches off into the horizon, eventually becoming not finishing. So I was struck by this passage by Richard Misrach on finishing his projects, in the book ‘On Landscape and Meaning‘:

I knew the project was coming to an end when I started to see similar kinds of scenes, but it took about four years to get to that point. When I finish a project, I’m done. I read something by John Cage where he recommended that you bring an idea to closure and then “drop it like a pair of dirty socks.” I tend to carry out a series until I’m saturated by it and then I’Il move on.

Richard Misrach

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