Letter: To be an artist

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The Independent Online
Sir: In her interview with Andrew Graham-Dixon (8 September), Bridget Riley complains that her work has been consistently misunderstood. Is this not a failure of communication on her part?

If one of the principal duties, and indeed purposes, of art is to communicate, does not this then suggest a failure on her part to be an artist, or at least a successful or complete artist? Are we not perhaps justified in regarding her as a producer of designs based on observed experience? If she intends more than this then her work should more clearly declare her meaning. If it does not, whose fault is it? Surely not ours.

Yours faithfully,


Upper Poppleton,

North Yorkshire