Monday, August 3, 2009

Respect as Currency - Art

In Respect as Currency, a single, dark figure creates a menacing mood in this abstract, monochromatic piece. The “key” depicted in this painting is both frightening and captivating in its power. A key is a symbol of potential, for it unlocks doors that were previously inaccessible. This power can be used for both good and evil, for great and terrible things might lie behind locked doors. The potential of the key depicted in this piece is for both good and evil, giving this image an ambiguous meaning.

The abstract shape of the figure in this painting allows the viewer to interpret the significance of the doors this key might unlock. The warped image of the key suggests that the key might unlock something unusual or strange. This strangeness can be both frightening and exciting. The key comes to represent curiosity about what lies behind the door, yet also fear of the repercussions of freeing unknown dangers. Key is a powerful piece that leads the viewer to contemplate the nature of the unknown and the many emotions it can evoke.

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