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COVID #1

Woodcut Print, 2020

Roger Walkup

Baltimore, MD

The art world accords a certain privilege to “creative” art over so-called “interpretive” art. The basic assumption is that the actor/musician/dancer is “merely” interpreting the truly creative work of the playwright/composer/choreographer. And yet, every performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony is different due to the individual natures and efforts of the musicians, singers, and conductor. My work is an interpretation of my hope and fears, nightmares and dreams, wishes and desires filtered through my influences and hands. In other words, I am creating nothing while interpreting everything.