ESSAYS, INTERVIEWS & REVIEWS
Walter Swennen - 2015 - Leve de huisvrouw [EN, interview]
Long Live Housewives !
Mini-conversation with Walter Swennen
Walter Swennen: I spent a good part of the summer brooding about the end of the art
of painting until I heard that new cave paintings, which are 40,000 years old, had been found in Spain. Then I thought that if forty thousand years ago there were people looking at these paintings and asking each other how they had done them and where they had found that beautiful earth, this strange activity would continue so long as there are people on earth.
Yet amazement that the world is not disintegrating stayed with me, until I had a second thought. What holds the world together, I mused, is that there are housewives everywhere who go shopping every day. And then I did this painting.
Montagne de Miel, 2 August 2015
Translated by Helen Simpson