I had a most interesting exchange with a friend regarding a painting I made this week. This exchange (included below) has led me to be quite curious about what might happen were I to post an image…and then let viewers comment about what they see in the image. No two responses would be alike, I’m certain of it.
I’d like to know what it is YOU see. There are no right or wrong answers!!
My friend’s comments on the painting:
“A windblown tree of life rooted in rapids, no solid ground to be found, with a vortex backdrop threatening to wrest it from its place and bring it who knows where. This is chaos- yet I see hope in the tree itself, having learned to bend with the wind, should it survive the flood the whirlwind will have no power over her. Love it.”
“What a lovely comment…thank you. You are touching on a most fascinating subject close to my heart; the canvas as a mirror to the soul. A work of art acts as a mirror, reflecting back to the viewer his or her own subconscious projections. Similarly to how we project onto others our own wants, desires, and expectations, we view a work of art with our own perceptions of reality and life as we know it. That which we have personally experienced permeates our entire perception of the world around us; we are a walking, talking construct of perceptions and contradictions.
What I see when I look at this tree is that the roots are firmly planted in the earth just below the water’s depth. Just because you cannot see them does not mean they don’t exist. The sky is not a vortex threatening to wrest the tree from its place but a distant galaxy… a representation of the heavens, the unknown and all we cannot see with our limited human perception. This tree is rooted in its place; bending, adapting and gracefully stretching as the cool rush of consciousness washes over it again and again, it’s golden branches casting a luminous glow and holding steadfast in its position.”
So, PLEASE!! Comment below. I’d like to see if people find this concept of the canvas as a mirror (for both the viewer as well as the creator) to be of interest.