Saturday, May 30, 2009

Black Death - Art

In this painting, the juxtaposition of the very warm colors of yellow and red with the cold finality of black calls up a primal connection in the mind and triggers many thoughts in the mind of the viewer. This painting makes one think of the sun, burning hot against the darkness of space, or a blazing sunset meeting the encroaching night. It might also make one think of a burning fire and its charred black remains.

Black, a color typically associated with death, is very provocatively paired in this painting with yellow and red, colors representing light and heat. This contrast between heat and energy and the cold darkness of death triggers a visceral human reaction upon viewing this painting. Immediately, the painting triggers feelings of fear, yet the viewer is also fascinated. The struggle to understand the source of life and energy and how it can so easily be extinguished is a universal feature of the human existence.

Copyright ©2009 Claretta Webb
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