Sunday, December 13, 2009

Amazing Artist

I don't know anything about art. Other than my own photography, I only own one piece of original art.

I certainly don't have the artistic skills or knowledge to be able to critique works of art and tell what's good and what's bad about them.

But like most people, I know what I like. To be honest, I'm unimpressed by most of the stuff that passes for art.

"Hmmm. So this side of the canvas is all black, the other side is all white, and there is a red, squiggly thing in the middle. Interesting. And you went to art school for how many years?"

I hardly ever see a work of art that gets a "Wow!" out of me.

The work of Pamela Sue Doty really blew me away.

I just spent a couple of hours exploring her web site. I was amazed. I can honestly say I liked everything I saw, and that never happens.

There were a couple of pieces that really hit me hard.

One is called "Death by Pressing" which she describes as "A vanita describing the unseen emotional weight that can slowly bring about the death of imagination". It's a very haunting work that touched me deeply.

[NOTE: Out of respect for the artist, I decided not to copy some of the images from her site to display in this post. You should visit her site to see what I'm talking about.]

But the one that took my breath away is called "Light Weave". It's difficult to describe. As I said before, I don't have the training or vocabulary to critique art. But I can tell you what I like about this piece. It's almost as if "Light Weave" isn't the work of art. Rather, it's an object through which art occurs. It's very dynamic and what you see depends on the angle of the light and the texture of the surface. I can imagine being mesmerized by it under different lighting conditions. How would it look at sunrise, or sunset, or during a lightning filled thunderstorm?

It's very, very cool.

One of the things that really hit me was her versatility. Most artists seem to do one thing really well. They paint, or they sculpt, or whatever.

But there doesn't seem to be anything that this artist doesn't excel at. If you appreciate art, I encourage you to visit her website and have a look around.

3 comments:

I Travel for JOOLS said...

I, too, like her work. I was kind of taken with her "creek" flowers. When I was a kid, I swam in those creeks, skated on them, and spent hours and hours watching everything in and around them. She captured the beauty of my childhood in a spiritual way I can't quite describe.

Her other pieces are really beautiful. I'd like to have a whole Light Weave wall in my house.

Lee said...

What do you think of her poetry? :)

Xavier Onassis said...

Lee - Well played, sir!