Friday, June 12, 2009

Dark Mother - Art


In Dark Mother, a dense, dark background dominates the painting, and an abstract figure becomes the central focus of this piece. This painting is extremely dark, the background stark and black, its dense darkness only interrupted by a halo of white surrounding the figure in the painting. The shape in this painting is the figure of the mother alluded to in the painting’s title, her shape reduced to basic lines, yet her nurturing nature is captured in the lightness that surrounds here.

In this painting, the maternal power to comfort and protect is captured. The mother in this painting emits a light from her very being, illuminating the frightening dense darkness of her surroundings. She is a beacon against the darkness, a protector in the face of danger and uncertainty. The role that this mother plays in lighting the darkness around her is the role of mothers in human history, an observation that gives Dark Mother an insightful quality.


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