Saturday, May 9, 2009

Dynasty - Art

Dynasty is a monochromatic piece that features a simple figure that resembles a character that is a part of some Eastern language. The lines are crisp and neat, and the angles of the figure are sharp and clear. This piece immediately evokes an Eastern mood, calling to mind the many ancient and modern cultures of Asia, from language to religion to cuisine. Yet his painting primarily concerns itself with a single feature of this culture – the dynastic cycle.

The dynastic cycle is a pattern of historical events that has unfolded in a circular fashion in Eastern history. The pattern of the dynastic cycle is always the same. First, a dynasty rises to power by overthrowing the previous, corrupt dynasty. The new dynasty rules for some time, eventually becoming corrupt. The completion of the cycle occurs when the dynasty is overthrown by another new dynasty, bringing the empire full circle. Dynasty is a thought-provoking piece that examines this important feature of Eastern culture and history.

Copyright © 2009 Claretta Taylor Webb
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