Weekly Report 10
In my AP Literature class we have been discussing how one’s writing, music, and art are expressions a process that allows them to understand and conquer their issues. The example we have used is that of Charlotte Brontë and her book, Jane Eyre. In this piece Brontë expresses her views through a thorough critique of her society. She promotes expression, individuality, and passion. These views deeply contrasted with those of the Victorian society of Brontë’s time. From what I have gathered, this was the way Brontë processed her desire to escape the deeply patriarchal society she resided in and many other issues. Her novel allowed her to understand and address her issues.
I am assuming most of this psychology is crude; most of the lesson probably has surely gone over my head. However, this is what I learned from the class, and I believe it is worth considering through my own lens. The lesson made me question, what is the meaning in my art? What issues am I trying to resolve and understand in my art if any.
Of course, most of my art has been made for educational reasons; expression has rarely been in the forefront of my mind. Recently, though, I have been given the freedom to choose a large part of what I paint. Admittedly, most of what I have painted has been mainly observational. I honestly can not tell if there is any meaning in that, but it could be worth considering. Other than that, however, the most expressive painting I have made is that of a hand surfacing out of a watery goo; the water drips down from the fingers back to the goo. It is also worth mentioning I painted this entirely with my hands; it was my way of exploring a different way to paint. In regards to the question, though, I struggle to find any issues in the painting. Is it escaping something, if so what? What do I want to escape? Is it drowning in something, if so what? What makes me feel that way? I still do not have any answers, but I will be thinking of this throughout my week.
A large part of my life, especially in ISM, has been dedicated to figuring out how to better myself. I believe understanding my own paintings would allow me to do that, so I will examine this painting again and process the meaning behind it. Then, I will record it in my next report and come up with a way to address and apply what I have learned through the painting in my ISM journey.