Monday, June 4, 2012

Poetic License of Abstraction


Does creativity involve both art and craft, or imaginative and constructive dimensions?

Does this abstract image bear any trace of resemblance to anything recognizable?

Is the spirit of the object revealed behind the visual world of matter?

Does the aesthetic value depend on finding any identifiable form?


© 2012, Joanne Scherf

As an artist I choose to take poetic license and complete freedom to explore the unconstrained elements of the subject of my image.  This oftentimes leads me to be more engaged and interested in feelings and shape versus subject matter.  Like poetry, I’m asking the viewer to look for hidden meaning and appreciate what is not visible.  Rather than capture a pure form of reality, this image can be seen with fresh eyes without contamination by a reference to reality.  The following quote (regarding Cezanne paintings) best captures the true meaning of "abstract".

"When you look at, say, the apples and pears of C├ęzanne, your mental energy mostly goes to processing the images: the fruit, the plate, the table, and the background. However, when you look at "Lavender Mist", you are not distracted by meaningful images, so virtually all of your brain power is devoted to feeling. You can open yourself, let in the energy and spirit of the painting, and allow it to dance with your psyche."  Harley Hahn, painter.

So in my humble opinion.......
Abstract art cannot be understood but must simply be experienced.
Trust your intuitive reaction to the artwork.
The experience of abstract art is highly personal.
There may be no "correct" interpretation, or all interpretations may be "correct"; but who cares.


For those really curious, send me an email to joanne@joannescherf.com, or reply to this post and I’ll divulge the subject matter.

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