Friday, July 3, 2009

Foci Point - Art


This piece reveals an abstract form in charcoal. Arms that converge at a single point link three hollow circles. The lines of the form are thick and strong with some blending and shading along the edges. The triad of circles is lined up in an even row. The significance of groups of three has been a part of human consciousness for millennia. A set of three gives a natural sense of completion and finality. The number “three” brings to mind the Holy Trinity of Christianity, and it is featured in many folk takes, such as “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” It is a mystical number that appears in many ancient religions. In ancient Babylon, people believed in three primary gods. Also, there were three distinct character traits of the Egyptian sun god. The prevalence of the number three is a testament to its natural place in the human psyche.

The mystical and spiritual characteristics of the number three are enhanced by the artist’s color choice. Black is a strong and mysterious color, equated by many with success and power. Yet it is often associated with death, mourning, and evil. By combining this color with the significant number of three, a highly suggestive and mysterious mood is created in the painting.


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