Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Graved Yards - Art


In Graved Yards, dense, dark clouds of black represent the oppressive and ever-present threat presented by death. Black, a color long associated with death and morning, features prominently in this piece. The black color in this piece is thick and highly saturated, making it a strong force. Death is powerful force in this painting, capable of decimating even the strongest life force. No matter how strong or powerful any living being is, death is the one force that can easily decimate all.

The fear of death is ever-present, just as the darkness fills the landscape of this painting. The certainty that death will come is the one constant piece of knowledge that all human have. In fact, it is this very knowledge of our own mortality that distinguishes mankind from animals. The only species that is aware of our own vulnerability to death, mankind is unique. It is this understanding that elevates mankind both intellectually and spiritually. In this way, the expectation of the grave is truly an essential component of human nature.

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