Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sea Noise - Art


Sea Noise is a monochromatic piece that calls to mind the many sounds of the sea. Though the painting is abstract in form, a compelling image forms in the viewer’s mind. Yet this painting’s overall effect is not so much to bring to mind a visual image as an auditory impression. The elements that make up the auditory experience of a day at the beach are all represented in this charcoal-colored piece. The undulating bands in the lower part of the painting represent the sound of waves lapping on the beach. The more sharply curved line near the top of the painting represents the sound of the wind on a blustery day at the beach. The shape that dominates the right half of the painting is a seagull, its call adding to the sound tapestry depicted in the painting.

The painting’s abstract nature allows it to reflect the sounds and impressions of a day at the beach rather than the literal visual composition of the beach itself. The viewer is brought into a closer connection with the experience of the beach through this auditory impression. In this way, Sea Noise creates a more vivid and lasting impression than a naturalistic depiction of the beach could accomplish.

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