Fine Art Should Make You Feel Something
An image doesn’t need to inspire you to go out and conquer the world. But it might speak to your heart through its beauty, its colours, or its subject’s scenario. Some fine art photographs don’t speak - as there association bares no relationship to your sense of being. Their simple existence may only remind you of a something you have seen on your journeys, but it lacks a message to trigger a deeper understanding. The power of images is what attracts a a photographer to pick up a camera. Its a form or expression and story telling. Hunting down how to express a story or create a connection to emotions such as feelings of nostalgia, sadness, or joy.
What do you feel when you look at this photograph?
Now compare it to the next.. do you feel a connection with one more than the other?
Can the picture below stir up a sense of anger - or freedom?
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As an artist feelings are important during the creation process as it helps form objectives for the piece. Each medium, whether they are water colours, acrylic or a camera offers an exciting journey of self discovery and in that discovery I find new ways of self-expression which are important for me to keep pushing boundaries and new ideals.
Art as a conversation
All art is a conversation between the artist and the viewer. Painting or an art photograph is performance art, like writing. The artist is conveying a perception, observation or emotion to you. Sometimes there is allegory, metaphor or just pleasing geometry. If you visit the many free national art museums in cities, you will see a variety of styles and mediums. Amongst the thousands of pieces on display, perhaps a dozen will connect with you. Maybe because you like the image, the colours - however the attraction is not a choice as such - it just happens, that is because the image has reached a deeper emotional level. Sometimes, it is more helpful to understand the context which surrounds the creation of an artwork, rather than to seeing the beauty of the piece itself. The story behind the Mona Lisa has been lost to time, but the painting itself is in a invitation to conjecture - does Mona smile or is it a frown? Why is she frowning?
Have you ever stood in front of a painting you didn't like - but just stood there transfixed trying to figure it out. Francis Bacon's works for me are difficult to stand in front of - their violence, the horror stories and deep traumas - but its all done with the genius of splashes and flicks - nothing is truly representational
“If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.” Francis Bacon.
I feel ever so strongly that an artist must be nourished by his passions and his despairs. These things alter an artist whether for the good or the better or the worse. It must alter him. The feelings of desperation and unhappiness are more useful to an artist than the feeling of contentment, because desperation and unhappiness stretch your whole sensibility.
Francis Bacon."Quoted." in: Gruen, John. The Artist Observed: 28 interviews with contemporary artists.
So what art speaks to you?
Find a picture that is your least favourite in a museum or gallery. Stand in front and watch it take shape. Allow the image to immerse you into a new world - what do you find.. is it something about yourself, your soul or show you something about your inner most anxiety?
Do let me know - I would love to hear from you.