Hilton Root

“Art is the order of all things. Confusion adds life to art.”

The preceding quote was from stream of consciousness writings by Hilton Root, a friend since the age of 13, when he was 16 years old. The quote has stayed in memory over the decades as I found it, ironically, confusing.

Now, I read the quote as chaos is the fundamental  art (that which is art-ificial, manmade) is an assemblage of natural elements. When an artwork is ambiguous, meaning different things to different people, it reflects the nature of life itself.