A rainbow begins to appear around the edges of this abstract artwork. More colors, more variety, and less rust. The darkness is now divided. This collection of artworks now offer a series of new statements for the viewer to process.
Continue asking these questions: What do you see? Have you begun to follow the thread that is common to these visual abstraction of reflected light?
A bit of rust coloration, lingering from my 2020 photo essays, resides in the upper left portion of this reflected light abstraction. There is also evidence of ongoing darkness in the lower left of this visual discourse. Position is relevant to the meaning of the colors.
Although this artwork is an abstraction the reflected light contains meaning, much like impressionism, through gesture and illusion. Historically, rust has been used in painting as a symbol of suffering. Whereas, darkness is chaos from terrible judgement. Pink invokes emotions of the moment.
Keep asking these questions: What do you see? What am I saying through this visual abstraction of reflected light?
As a Master of Fine Arts, I expend a great deal of study time on the language of "visual symbolism." The topics of iconography and symbolism have been efficacious since the dawn of visual communication. That said, thanks to the pandemic I’ve had nine months of non-nomadic time to distill a definition for "abstract" as in an abstract work of art – a non-hegemonic artist-mediated non-representation of a subject.
So, how does the reality of visual symbolism co-exist with abstract imagery that studiously avoids realism?
With that enigma comes this work of colorful reflected light, a thread of hope in dark times. So, here is a rainbow – a symbol of blessing and good fortune – to get us started on a new year. Keep asking these questions: What do you see? What am I saying through this visual abstraction of reflected light?