Grief & Preservation of Love Lost

Grief & Preservation of Love Lost

A first glance at this image and I thought of how relationships can be a double-edged sword providing both security and confinement. I'm sure most of us can relate to the feeling of suffocation in an abstract or metaphorical sense. Some people, no matter how well-intentioned, simply suffocate the life out us. They somehow manage to rob us of that vital life-force needed to create, play, or express. As I looked closer at the king's face, I could see signs of devotion and desperation to hold onto someone he has strong feelings towards. But, first impressions don't always tell the whole story and curiosity forced me to find out the real intention of this piece of work. 

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Bad Signs

Bad Signs

There is nothing obvious in this picture which suggests anything of solid predictive value, it's a snapshot of where things are at in an instant. And at face value, it all looks pretty hopeless. 

I've long-since been suspicious of umbrellas. I don't mean suspicious in the superstitious sense, just suspicious of the symbolism. In their own way, they're deceiving; they offer scant protection against a hard storm and are really only good for light showers without any wind. Umbrellas are a common object in art and their overall symbolic meaning represents a level of protection; as to whether that protection is adequate or insufficient, we need to look at it in context within the bigger picture. 

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Isolation

Isolation

Kasia Derwinska’s art reminds me of the work of Leszek Bujnowski although it’s not because of her choice in subject matter; it’s her ability to invoke a sense of isolation with her images. Kasia has an awful lot of work to look through, but I didn’t even get off the first page before realising she was able to pull the viewer into a place of quiet which always helps to create the right kind of head-space to engage in contemplation. The difficulty I have is choosing which images to write about because there are so many which strike a chord. So I’ve decided to use an old tarot spread method and go with a past, present, and potential future theme except I get to see what I’m picking beforehand. We’re talking resonance here, and despite having decided to pick three, I, in fact, end up with eight and didn’t stick to my own self-imposed theme at all…

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Friend or Foe

Friend or Foe

A couple of years ago, someone randomly sent me this picture with the comment they thought I’d like it, and I did, despite it provoking a sense of intimidation within. I put it to one side for a post but somehow deleted it, and even though I searched high and low for months with every search term I could think of ~ I couldn’t find it. Last weekend I was having a night on the vodka whilst moving old emails when I came across a copy of the image and actually felt a sense of triumph at the sight of it. Once the initial flood of elation had subsided, I went looking for the original reaction…the one I’d had so many moons ago ~ but the intensity didn’t rattle me at my core like it had done before, although I still think it’s a great piece of work and certainly worthy of a closer look.

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Looking In

Looking In

The three images I want to look at in this post were in the same portfolio as the Kraken image I posted the other day. At the time I came across them, I felt they offered a calm respite from the internal shite that was threatening to keep me off-balance. The view through each of the windows provide only tiny pieces of information, and certainly not enough to draw any concrete conclusions. Old bones and bandages have both been recurring themes in the past; as have windows, although more often than not I notice the pictures which have a solitary figure who sits in a room with menacing weirdos looking in from the outside. I’m sat here wondering if the attraction is related to a real shift in perspective; that I was trying to disengage from the personal and get back to being objective.

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