The power of original art is everywhere.
We are surrounded by an enormous amount of imagery everyday. Images through social media, tv, streaming, news all seem to blend into our minds. So what stands out? What makes an impression upon us? The power of original art is to make you stop, look and think.
When you look towards original art you should stop. Think that these are One of a kind pieces of art that had time and thought put into it to create it. Remember that the image you are looking out was made out of NOTHING. A person took a tool, and used a surface and made something from nothing. And what they made was about something. It had a statement about your life. It’s purpose was to register a moment that you take for granted. In many ways, artists are visual philosophers. They stop time and translate it into a visual moment. So stop the scrolling and register.
This moment is put in front of you and you are made to register.
As a viewer, and consumer of this imagery, you look at it. You think “what is this image and how does it relate to you”. On a broader scale what does this art say about the trends in our culture. If it’s a piece about nature, the use of color, the brushwork, the technique capture the light and image. If it’s a figure, there is sense of person, the story and the identity.
This is where my work exists. It sits in the realm of creating a story about the people in our life and world. They may have come from the past, but their influence is still existent in the present. Whether it is an image from an old family photo, or an image from an iconic figure that is well known, then the story evolves to relate to who we are today. The beauty and elegance of Audrey Hepburn inspires us. The iconic power of Marilyn Monroe is transformed into our own persception of female empowerment.
Slow down and stop. Be Mindful of what you look at.
The highlighting of this creative moment makes you stop and register. That is what I am trying to make you do. To slow down and absorb.
In our daily life of the saturation of images we just dismiss. We don’t stop. We just consume. We scroll past and not think about the time, the idea and what the image says about you at this time.