Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Unhappy Flower - Art

In The Unhappy Flower, a flower under an atmospheric canopy is the painting’s subject. The flower has an uneasy relationship with its environment. The atmosphere around the flower deflects dangers from the outside universe, such as the comet that can be seen barreling toward the flower from one side of the painting. In this way, the atmosphere is an important protective force for the flower.

However, the atmosphere also has a negative effect. The sun’s heat is trapped by the atmosphere, as is indicated by the duplicated sun sketched in below the atmosphere. This painting has a very important message for our society, which is facing the challenges of global warming and emissions build-up in the atmosphere. The heat levels rise as the sun’s light is trapped in the flower’s little bubble of atmosphere, a rise in temperature represented by the monochromatic red color scheme chosen for this painting. Known to be a color indicating heat and fire, the red shade in this painting creates a feeling of rising temperatures and uncomfortable levels of heat.

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