ADDENDUM – I was approached via email by Jenna at ARTSY.NET to aid in promoting Edvard Munch’s body of art. Since this blog post caught her eye (UGLY!! hardly, but certainly noteworthy and disturbing), She asked me to include some information for an upcoming and ongoing exhibit of his art ” Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed” .
It is my privilege to comply. If you click the link for artsy.net (above), it will lead you to all information needed to attended the exhibit. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is currently exhibiting Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed, which showcases Edvard Munch. This show will then travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in November. We would like to take this opportunity to promote his work. Our hope is that the timing of this outreach will effectively support both the museum and Edvard Munch.
“Our Edvard Munch page provides visitors with Munch’s bio, over 100 of his works, exclusive articles, and up-to-date Munch exhibition listings.”
This post was updated to reflect the new information On September 18/2017.
I titled it – ‘In Two to be Whole’ and popped it up on Facebook because I am one of the most daring people I know. I say that because when I posted it, I knew it was ugly. I knew it would repel some and I was okay with that.
Here is one reaction: “It really has a very stressful energy. I would burn it if it was mine.” … and I was okay with that too.
Why? Why would I post art that would be sure to generate negativity? Why would I not feel the sting of what was a stinging remark?
The reason is because I had done my job. I had transferred my emotions onto paper and elicited a stark reaction to my work. I had drawn out an emotional response even if it was not a compliment.
There are plenty of art works that have that effect on me. I am very relieved for instance that ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch was not lit afire and has managed to stay unlit since 1893! (smiles). I have other examples but I think this one says it best. It is riveting and disturbing, ugly and undeniably attractive at the same time. Here are the artists words as to describe his inspiration:
One evening I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjord—the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as actual blood. The color shrieked. This became The Scream.
And here is the inspiration for ‘In Two to be Whole’
It was started that fateful Wednesday where our parliament (Canada) was attacked. One unarmed guard was murdered by a sick and twisted man. I was so tired of bad news and in such a terrible mood. I took it out on paper. The angel on the left is disheartened while the one on the right is outraged.
I haven’t painted since this piece only because for some reason my brain doesn’t seem to be able to write a book and work on art at the same time. But, let it be known, I was not discouraged – on the contrary, I was flattered. Weird right? When I do start painting again, I won’t be squashed by attempting to produce only art of common beauty in shades of pink and yellow sunsets. The outlet window needs to be wide open for me to enjoy the process, if not always the end result. Some days it is raw. Some days dark. Others celestial, but all hold emotions. All are the sum of all parts of those emotions at any given time. And I like it like that!
Do You have a particular piece of art that gives you chills, creates negativity or similar uncomfortable feelings … would love to hear from you.
Lesley Fletcher is a writer (freelance, books, content, lyrics,stage plays) as well as a visual artist specializing in monoprints. To learn more about her please visit the tabs here on WordPress or her website at http://www.LesleyFletcher.com