March 17, 2011

Eye of the beholder


Farmer Joe and I discovered this 1940's silhouette in an antiques gallery in the city. We were both captivated by it. Not knowing the history of the illustration, we found ourselves imagining who the strange man was, what was in the pram and who the arm on the left belonged to. We find the piece strange and a touch sinister (I know, odd choice for the bedroom wall). Most interestingly though, other people have had a completely different reaction. Another couple we showed it to thought that the man was homeless, with all his possessions in the broken pram. They thought the arm belonged to a good samaritan calling the man to receive help, and found the piece hopeful and comforting. Just goes to show, art really is in the eye of the beholder.

B.x   

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