We go through our lives...bombarded [by]... internal and external forces. Often, our personal stimuli—memories, inspiration, longing, lust—seem to come from somewhere outside ourselves, outside our control," writes San Anselmo painter Jeffrey Palladini. This postmodern concept of human limitations is useful, but only to a point: Sir Kenneth Clark in his Civilisation series stated that artists need a base level of confidence in society. Palladini has found a way out of the despair born of helplessness. Quoting Faulkner's "the past is not even past," Palladini hypothesizes time to be as fluid a medium as the watery beings it supports: "Perhaps moments are not linear and sequential, but looping, repeating, simultaneous." He considers time as relative, and "time's steady march" as possibly just another sociocultural myth.
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