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Season's of Self- Fall
Colored Pencil with Pastel
19" x 14.5"
This work entitled Season's of Self- Fall is part of a series that deals with
the allegory to the tree of life in all its seasons of change.
This drawing particularly deals with the stigma of aging.
While one would hope to fight off vanity;
we may fall at times and surrender to self pity or overindulgence,
to regret or even to a hardening of ones interior like the thickening of ones skin.
To represent the conflict of self, the artist employs surrealistic devices.
These appear in the figure where hair is morphing with leaves and the skin with bark.
The colorful leaves represent memories and passage through time.
Leaves become the debris mounting from years of inactivity--identifying a time for change.
Their edges are curling inward, drying out, turning inward;
their physical form are paired with the contemplative emotional response
that searches inner thoughts of the self. Life and time seem to be examined.
Here the eyes are directed off into the distance and look beyond the viewers gaze.
The compositional use of the formal elements help further convey the subtle tension.
The viewer is directed to the diagonal arrangement between the head and the hand.
Visual attention is forced between the two corners from bottom left to the top right.
The two opposite corners employ color contrast.
The warm orange hues complement the bright true blue sky while the
dull green tinted figure counter balances the bright burgundy leaves.
The mouth is placed in the center.
The idea of seasonal denotes temporal inability.
The figure stands in the opening, taking the form of a human decoy,
standing in the stillness of time; similar to becoming a scarecrow.
Not responding to or sharing of ones self is like dieing.
The silenced figure pulls out the stuffed decaying leaves from the mouth and ears
to free and cleanse the mind as if speaking one's self back to life or
to call one's self back into existence.