When quitting in the middle of the process becomes your theme.
Oil on canvas, 60 H x 90 W cm / 23.6 H x 35.4 W in.
Created by Ofir Hirsh, under the Reka identity in 2010.

“How do you know when a painting is finished?” I’m being asked every once in a while. While I’m sure that many artists can provide diverse answers to this question, in this post, instead of providing my answer, I will discuss the idea of purposely leaving the work unfinished.
Sometimes, just after I paint the first layer background, I like how the painting looks. “Reka” is the Hebrew word for background. For a short period in 2010, I became “Reka”, an artist who completed and signed his works before they were finished or in other words, when they were only backgrounds. Reka consciously decided to quit the art making process in the middle, because he was aware of a few benefits which the quitting act created, such as: unique esthetic characteristics, a wider space which the unfinished work leaves for the observer to interpret, and capturing a stage of the artwork that is usually not seen by the observer. Being familiar with some abstract art movements, Reka predicted that no one but himself would define such works as unfinished or as backgrounds.
Reka did not live long, because his “quitting” practice did not serve my purpose of entirely cleansing my soul and guts. Quitting paintings in the middle had left me stuck with content I needed to take out, so quite quickly I dumped Reka and went back to my more complex identities and expressions. Nevertheless, every once in a while, while I’m painting, the spirit of Reka drops by; “Don’t touch it”, he tells me, “it’s amazing just like that…”.