I love the painting Black Square by Malevitch. I love its simplicity, its directness, its definitiveness, its completeness. It contains the absolute in the most basic of forms.
In exhibitions it occupied the place of honor: the top corner, where normally religious icons would be hung:
After his death Malevitch was laid out under the black square and buried with another black square displayed on his casket:
It is the simplest, most essential visualization of spiritual yearning and our ultimate and most tragic truth, that our lives are finite and we all will die and we know not what lies beyond.
Naturally I wanted to use it to make work.