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.Read More
ALLEGORY IN ART
How harsh on the emotions is this image? Or is it the addition of the title which helps to nail its impact? I felt like I'd been thumped when I first laid eyes on this picture, although there was probably more than a little projection taking place. It certainly made me think hard, and I couldn't help but wonder if that song gives away any clues to the reason for the break-up or the emotional states of the people involved. I've known many songs which speak of the impending doom a separation can bring, but how many times do we notice the last one associated with a particular person?Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More
A fragment of memory…
Of seeing this image a few months before.
And of how it rattled me from the inside out without fully understanding why.
Just the awareness of my stomach being turned and a desire to disembowel myself.
I wanted to turn my head away.
And yet I knew it wasn’t a message for me,Read More