Ev­ery­one into the Pool!

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"A per­fect metaphor for an artis­tic act," muses Michael Her­mesh, "is div­ing from a div­ing board with­out be­ing sure what is in the pool. Some­times it is a 10-point dive, some­times it is a fail­ure. I was 15 when I saw the film Wood­stock, and I left the theater in tears. My take­away was that the com­ing to­gether for purely aes­thetic rea­sons was an in­di­ca­tor of the power and mean­ing of aes­thet­ics, and the re­al­iza­tion that with­out aes­thet­ics my life was a void. That cer­tainty has never left me – but it was tem­pered by self-doubt." Through­out his early work­ing life, Michael never stopped mak­ing art, though he did have two dif­fer­ent ca­reers – tick­eted as a chef and a cabi­net maker. "I fi­nally went back to art full time af­ter tak­ing a busi­ness course in­tend­ing to do some­thing with fur­ni­ture de­sign and was told by

left, Eter­nity, acrylic on panel, 12" x 16" above, Lost in the Real World, acrylic on panel, 19.25" x 20.25"

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