Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Handle Me - Art

Handle Me is a dichromatic piece featuring two contrasting colors and abstract, freeform shapes. The flesh-tone background of this piece reflects a human presence. The title of this painting becomes a play on words, the flesh colored section of the painting becoming representational of a human hand. This dual meaning of the painting’s title adds a layer of meaning to this piece, remarking on the duality and partnership of hand and handle.
The other color that is featured in this painting is a cool, aqua tone. A color often associated with calm and water, this shade adds an interesting element to the painting. The hand now appears to be grasping something amorphous and elusive – water itself. Try as it might, the hand can never really wrap itself around water; it will always slip through its grasp. This provides an interesting commentary on the nature of control. Some elements can never be controlled, no matter how strong the grip, and they will always slip away.

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