i don’t know him but i like his art. i’m kidding. i used to hate his art.i remember my mom taking me to the MoMA in nyc when i was like 7, there was this very famous painting (one of many) of rothko’s in there and everyone was so obsessed with it. i just couldn’t understand how abstract art appeals to people and i even left one of those weird little notes on the review book :) then as i grew up and started learning more and more about art i felt more captivated by something so abstract and inexplicable, but i was still torn bc i felt like no effort was put into such a painting. when i first went to tate modern like 5 years ago or so i felt a vibe coming from the “rothko” room, it felt so claustrophobic but kind of cathartic in a way. then i read into rothko’s life and many different statements he’s made throughout his life and career and i remember this specific thing he said; “I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, fear.” i was very moved by this and very inspired because it is indeed true- he doesn’t want to show skill through his paintings, he doesn’t want to create a story. he wants to create huge paintings for someone to get lost in, experience emotions, and create his own story… and i think that’s beautiful.