I find that the plastic arts are a form of visual philosophy, storytelling or poetry. The artists that’s wishes to comment on social happenings or to make statement is a visual philosopher. The artists that wish to tell a story (“a picture is worth a thousand words”) is a visual storyteller. An artist that wishes to hide and show at the same time is a visual poet. Often, the artist can be all of those options according to the painting and its message.
This week I share with you the 2nd painting from the Black Series. In my mind Shall I? /Shell Eye is the epitome of visual poetics. The night sea with the black background symbolizing the unknown/fear. The bottom image that looks like an ancient warrior’s helmet. The place for the face like an empty eye. The triangular material like a tablecloth. The golden rope like a bridge. Sea shells are anther reoccurring theme. The ability to hide from the world. Armor to protect, “shell eye”. The hesitancy to venture out, “shall I?”. Perhaps in this work I am dealing with my insecurities? On one hand I wish to share, on the other hand I wish to hide.
Shell Eye/shall I? – Acrylic on Canvas, 50x70 cm 2020
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