Wednesday, January 17, 2007

i love art of all kinds

This is pretty random to post but i enjoyed my Zuihistu writing assignment and just wanted to say a little of where my mind goes when i think about art. I think the think that I like most about the painting is that there is just one color in the whole background. This neutral color space makes me think of paintings by Mark Rothko. Mark Rothko used several different tones of similar colors in his paintings but that is beside the point. I have a poster of one of his REDs hanging above my bed. I love the feeling of simplicity that it give off and I think that is why I can relate to this persimmons one. I love simple things. Okay well actually I love lots of different kinds of things.

I think I read somewhere that this painting symbolized perfect proportions or perfection in a way. I think that this would relate to how things can be perfect differently. Each of the pieces are different shapes slightly, in different positions and placed in an arrangement that seems to be random. They are the same fruit but are portrayed differently. I would like to relate that to people. We are all children of God, each fruit in the painting is a persimmon, also related to that is what I said earlier about how I think they were all painted with the same color of paint, we are all created by God. We are of different races all around the world but are created out of the same stuff by the same God. The fruits are different colors. The fruit is placed seemingly randomly, yet each is in the correct place to suggest harmony and perfection even if we don’t know it. Some of us know the purpose of life, like some of us know they are in perfect harmony with each other. Even though the human race seems to be mixed up and out of order that that certain people are in places unjust, we each have purpose where we are placed. We are to learn certain things about life where we are. The relationship that the fruit have one to another is interesting to me too, they are grouped, one is alone, two are together, and the third group has three. I don’t know what that could mean but I like the way it looks. I also really enjoy how the bulk of the painting is in the bottom middle section. I feel like it is as it should be. We are very far from what is above us and seem to be unconnected to what lays ahead or even above. We are here in existence and at times we feel unconnected to anyone or anything, like the bottom persimmon. Sometimes we are connected to just one other person or a few, but unless we step out side of the painting we don’t seem to be connected to a greater anything. I think that relates to having an eternal perspective. I like that even though the fruit is depicted with nothing else in the painting, they are grouped together. I would like to think of that as symbolizing the family of God being united. I think Heavenly Father would be happier with His children if we stuck together more often. I think of the times in the scriptures where it says that God wept, and it is often because of the way we aren’t loyal to our brothers and sister here on earth and treating them with love. As I look at the persimmons I feel like they are united, like they at least know each other is there vulnerably posing as well. I don’t think this painting is bare at all. I think there is a lot going on. I don’t know what it is about the color that I like so much, I feel like I want to hang it in my house. You know the type of artwork that you love to learn about but would hate on your wall in your personal space? Well this isn’t it. I love that as I have studied art I have grown to love all these random pieces and don’t even go together but that I would love to surround myself with. This painting is comfortable and inviting, seems simple on the surface but can really teach a lot. Things like that in general I love. I should have known I would like this painting form the beginning. Like gospel topics that seems simple like faith. Yet we are called to learn more about faith every day of our lives. The crazy thing is that as I learn more about faith I realize that it isn’t simple at all. I love stuff like that.

Whoa that was random and I kind of rambled but maybe at least Heid will read it, sometimes i get carried away and things end up not making sense, oops


Heidi said...

O course you know I would read it and love every bit of it. This was a wonderful post Bee. I love finding truths in literature, music and art.

You probably studied this painting in Stoneman's Survey of Oriental Art class, right? it looks familiar to me. Assuming this, the painter was almost without a doubt buddhist and had no idea of the gospel. Yet you were able to see and study this work and be so touched by it and relate it to your life, your thoughts, your beliefs. This post is such a wonderful example of why art is important in our lives- you were able to draw a gospel truth out of this work. Hm I could go on for like an hour, but this is supposed to be a "comment" not a blog of it's own right? I love you Bee, we are "art" soulmates I think ;-)

Abby Jane said...

Heid, couldn'r agree with you more, we are "art" soulmates...who knew? I knew somehting was up when we shared our first cinnabon-its not often that i remember the exact second i became best buds with someone! thanks for helping me stick with art history, i jsut absolutely love it

Scott and Katie said...

I also loved this post. Very thoughtful. It was a good reminder for me to simplify, ponder a little more often, and basically find the beauty around me.