By Justin Wing
“All work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn’t your pet- - It’s your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.” - Joss Whedon
Art is not just another painting, drawing, sculpture, or random doodle you may find on the street. It’s a visual language, and depending on your perception and idea of perspective, art can decipher itself like Victory to Enigma.
Natalie Stephens, a Sophomore, explained what art meant to her in an interview, and she said “Art is basically everything. It helps me express myself when I can’t find the right words.”
Natalie Stephens’s hand painted shoes inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night and the popular British T.V show Doctor Who (Photo taken by Justin Wing)
Stephens then continues, by talking about her favorite art piece, saying “Van Gogh’s Starry night is my favorite painting because of the nature of the swirls and the sense of imagery you get from the painting. Another reason why I like it so much is because of the different colors Van Gogh used to accent the sky and the stars.”
Stephen’’s reason for liking Starry Night is based on the imagery and colors used, and she interpreted the painting as a sky full of stars over a peaceful and tranquil town, something we do daily when we see paintings. For all we know, Maybe Van Gogh was painting an underwater city with the “stars” and yellow swirls we see actually being underwater vehicles with their headlights turned on! It’s all open to interpretation.
It’s just like what Whedon said, “All work is open to interpretations the author did not intend.”
Ms. Jones, the AP Art teacher, talked about what art meant to her by saying “Art is the expression of ideas and emotions. It’s a literal message in art form.” Her favorite painting is The Door by Ivan Albright.
The Door By Ivan Albright (Photo credit to Google Images)
Jones continues, by saying that the painting was “Very real in terms of darkness and grunge. The painting provides a form of realism in a dark way that we tend to avoid. It makes the consumer think that something happened, and it makes the mind wander and think about what is happening in this scene.”
This is a great example when it comes to art and different interpretations, as this painting could mean anything. The wreath on the door could mean that it’s a holiday, or it could mean that there was a death and people are mourning. The whole painting is open to interpretation.
Ms. Ross, the Ceramics teacher, said that “Art is a way of looking at the world through an outside lens. It’s a different perspective on lots of the things we see today, and it’s even a puzzle in some ways.” One of her favorite pieces of art is called Composition 85111 by Wassily Kandinsky.
Composition 85111 By Wassily Kandinsky (Photo credit to Google Images)
Ross explained why it’s her favorite by explaining that Kandinsky was actually a musician and this is actually the conversion of sound into images. She said “The painting is really beautiful because it takes music and sound and translates it into a visual medium.”
Ross added a quote by Kandinsky which says “Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.”
Now while the painting can have tons of different interpretations, this is one of the more unique ones. It’s a truly beautiful interpretation that goes along with a beautiful quote.
Art isn’t just some painting, drawing, sculpture, or random doodle you may find. It’s a message open to interpretation, and if it’s deciphered right, you may just have a Da Vinci on your hands.