Monday, October 31, 2011
Voice - A Journey Worth Taking-Cont.
Back from a road trip to North Carolina and the changing of the leaves. Road trips always foster interesting conversations with my husband. It's great; he's a captive listener! After a quick stop in Charleston, SC, we headed toward Asheville. Somewhere on I-26 I brought up the topic of Voice and asked David. . . Was voice something that could be identified by the viewer or did the viewer need the artist to provide words of explanation? This was prompted after seeing a collection of work by an artist at the Robert Lange Studio in Charleston. We both agreed we could identify some artists because of their brushwork, color palette, subject matter, and unique elements such as backgrounds. Is this voice? Or is voice something deeper in the concept or meaning the artists is trying to convey? The more we talked, the more I wasn't sure I could describe voice or would even know it if I saw it. As a reader of literature, I can usually tell who an author is after a few chapters without looking at his or her name as long as I have read three or four of their works. So maybe voice is just that , a definable style. Maybe it doesn't have anything to do with a message you are trying to convey?
The above image is a closeup of a painting I just finished called Italian Repast. Below is the full 32"X16" canvas. People always tell me they can tell my work without seeing the signature. Is that style or voice? Your thoughts on this topic would be greatly appreciated.