…a magical reality where everything – clear and true, outside time and space, ‘beyond all physical and palpable reality,’ a mirror, which deforms life, an instant reflected – is possible. – Francisco Goya
I believe that an artist has something to say or to point out, both to the artist or the viewer – but I also feel that the artist must – once having completed a work step away and allow the work to stand for itself. By doing this – the viewer is able to step into the text of a work and explore it through the fields of their imagination thereby rendering a unique experience based on the individual interpretation of each viewer.
Too often, an artist influences the interpretation of a work, and I believe this limits the universality that artworks should offer the viewer. I also believe in the melding and mixing of color – with color being that which will ultimately present the viewer an experience of emotional revelation. This reality enters an emotional plane presenting the viewer an opportunity to witness an often-uncomplimentary expression that manages to balance itself through the interpretation of the viewer.
I also find that working in the abstract allows greater freedom to explore depths that reality often disallows due to the very nature of reality being something tangible – whereas the abstract is, open, free, and yields to a myriad of interpretations. Art should also be accessible and not so academic that only a select few can find entrance to an artistic text. The message intended should not need in depth research – but on the contrary – immediate reaction; and that reaction should be what merits the quality of the work.
Art should also mirror life – and not necessarily only the dilemmas that onslaught our days, but on occasion offer some sort of release or escape. Often in my work, I find the addition of mixed media to a canvas can add some ‘light’, some ‘humor’ and sometimes just a glimmer of a sparkle – that sparkle representing that eternal expectation of the better. All of this is achieved by color – color being the most important aspect of an abstract text. If the colors are warm and welcoming, then that is the message that the work presents: here in this painting vignette – is an emotion – warm and welcoming. If arbitrary colors appear forced, or are not what is expected to work – but do – then that message begs the viewer to question apparent opposites that just may no longer be opposite. If the colors are muted and hesitant – so too is the message, ultimately though it all depends on the needs of the viewer: art should give the viewer the permission to appreciate and interpret based on internal expectations and experiences.
Finally, with the majority of works presented here dancing in the realm of the abstract, one needs to take the time, slow down and wait for the work to come and ‘speak’ to the viewer. This slowing down of perception and appreciation is when the idea of art as a mirror of magic enters the artistic text and stimulates the sought after emotional experience. True we see color first and are attracted to that –initially – but what holds us is what the color invokes.
Melanie Prapopoulos |
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X-Rays: An internal Expression
The series of artworks on X-Rays grew out of my two previous series: Unearthing Beauty and Young, Fabulous and…, both of which explore how society pressures women to be young and beautiful at all stages and the inherent danger in that: the loss of identity. Though these two series are still very much alive and continue to grow – I want to do more with the source of light. My initial interest in working on x-ray film was to be able to create works where I could project the light from behind the work, as opposed to beaming light on the work – I wanted light to come from within the text, and radiate outwards – highlighting what is within and what better medium than x-ray film? I also believed that having light radiating from within would be less exposing and invasive than having a light beam on a work, as though light from inside became more the choice of the work, than of the viewer. From there I became interested in the symmetry of the skeletal form and how color imposed on that organization can enhance the lines, shades and shadows of the x-rayed image thereby presenting a new way of looking – offering alternatives to the understanding of one’s internal identity.