Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sharp Love - Art

Drawing upon existing cultural associations, Sharp Love is a painting that observes the nature of human love. Upon first viewing of the painting, one immediately thinks of the mythological being Cupid, spreading love to mortals with his magic arrows. This painting draws upon that image, portraying a large arrow poised to pierce a heart. Yet there is more to this painting than simply a heart being affected by romantic love. This painting makes an assertion about the nature of human love.

The arrow is extremely oversized compared to the heart, which suggests that love can be overpowering. Love can be overwhelming to some people, eclipses all other concerns. Sharp Love’s heart and arrows are painted in both red and blue. Red, which is typically considered a red color, and blue, which is typically associated with masculinity, both appear in the heart and the arrow. This indicates that both male and female have the opportunity to assume either role, the pursuer or the object, the heart or the arrow.

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