Sunday, 2 January 2011

Abstract and colourful
                                                         World on Fire

Sometimes putting a title to a piece of art, especially abstract art, can pose a few problems. Should I leave the viewer to decide how they perceive the image?  Will I spoil the picture by writing over it? etc.  I personally hate it if a title does not come to me immediately when the work is complete.  I suppose it`s because we, as artists, hope that our work speaks to us and if we cannot hear it immediately, maybe it has no obvious soul or personality of it`s own and therefore is not a sustainable piece of art?  Who knows?  All I know is that it grieves me not to have the artwork speak it`s name to me on completion. 
The red and the green colours used in "World on Fire" signified the earth to me.  This  perhaps was also due to the nature of the source photograph.  Obviously, I as the artist, decide on the colours used, and I simply love green/red combinations.  The red swirls within the core of the image, especially in the centre of the picture, could denote anger, fire or explosion.  I chose passion as I wanted to soften the overall image.  By adding text using an artistic font, I felt that I had achieved my objective.

 Cold Heart/Cruel Heart
I often use text in my work.  I feel it adds another dimension.  Some may say that adding text to a piece of art may persuade and lead the viewer along a visual path that they otherwise may not have chosen, without hinting that they should look at it from the artists` perspective, therefore viewing it with a open mind.  I suppose that is the risk one takes when choosing to add text.  I like to think that well-chosen and relevent text enhances and personalises the image in a positive way, and possibly details and describes the artists` depiction more clearly for the viewer. 
On completion of "Cold Heart, Cruel Heart", the bright turquoise represented coolness and icy temperatures against the grey of the main defining structure. There is no warmth in this piece.  The structure itself reminded me of heart valves and cavities in the body.  The imagery at the forefront demonstrated cracks or creases in dried leaves, symbolising hurt and pain.
 If used correctly, text and imagery can marry beautifully in art, indeed, typography is one of my favourite artistic styles.   

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