Saturday, June 2, 2012

Noise - Art

In Noise, a dark, menacing cloud evokes the jumbled, overwhelming power of noise, and its disorienting effects on the human psyche. Human nature responds naturally to sound. Music can evoke emotions in people ranging from elation to despair. Indeed, the sound of music is one of the most emotionally effecting stimuli to act upon the human nervous system. This understanding of the power of music indicates that sound is one of the most significant of the human senses, having great potential to affect mood, personality, and emotion.

However, if sound has a great potential to lift the spirits and inspire, so does it have the ability to cause confusion and depression. Noise, a type of sound that has no order or form, is quite distinct from music. Noise is a disorganized set of sounds that disturb human emotional states. The stress and disorganization of the human mind that can accompany high levels of noise is captured in the formless, shapeless black cloud that is the central focus of this painting. The dark cloud in Noise is the embodiment of the stressful effects and aggravation caused by meaningless noise.

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