Monday, October 19, 2009

Homeland - Art

Homeland is a vibrant, abstract piece that uses highly saturated blocks of color to create a sense of nostalgia for things lost. Bright swatches of color in periwinkle, teal, green, and purple create a beautiful configuration, and it is clear that the homeland alluded to in the title is a beautiful place. The color segments themselves may represent cultural elements of the homeland, or possibly regions or neighborhoods within the home area. Yet the overall impression is an undeniably positive one, drawing on a sense of nostalgia for home.

The homeland’s striking beauty also suggests its status as lost. Humanity tends to remember its past in the most positive terms possible, forgetting minor blemishes as the years pass. This homeland is one that has been abandoned, one to which the native will never return. For this reason, the negative aspects are forgotten, and only nostalgia for a time gone by remains. Homeland becomes a beautiful image of the nature of memory and its propensity to selectively remember and forget.

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