30 August 2007, Cervera de los Montes
My beloved great-aunt passed away some time ago. Her will was to give me her little painting collection.
The artistically mediocre paintings are in Finland and I should ship them to Spain. Frankly, I’d never have any of them on my wall. The dilemma is that should I consider them artworks or just symbols of my great-aunt's love.
Last week, I was at Jani’s studio in Helsinki and a reporter from a newspaper was interviewing him about his Art Tuning project. Jani’s idea is that people have paintings – inherited many times – that they don’t like but neither want to throw away. Then I said that it’s exactly my case.
Now I got a bit ironic e-mail from my aunt – who takes care of my great-aunt's testament of - saying that I could have told this directly and not in a mass medium - my unfortunate comment was published in the newspaper last Sunday. My aunt is right. I just didn’t know that I was giving an interview. I must learn to be more careful with press. Anything I say can be used against me.