Monday, May 18, 2009

Carriers - Art

Carriers is a bright, colorful painting that depicts the nature of disease and infection. In this piece, the background is a vibrant red, which is significant to the painting’s meaning. Red is the color of blood, indicating that the disease makes its home in the bloodstream. Yet red is also a color associated with danger and warning, and the red background also warns of the deadly nature of the disease depicted in this powerful painting.

The gray figure embedded in the bright red background is the disease itself. The gray figure seems to be pinching off somehow, as though it was captured just before dividing into two separate beings. This division represents the rapid reproduction of bacteria and viruses that cause infections and diseases. This rapid reproduction is the cause of the spread of the disease throughout the body, and Carriers captures this dangerous quality of disease in an alarming and compelling painting.

Copyright © 2009 Claretta Taylor Webb
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