But I have lots of words anyway. I took some new pictures today and I’m happier with how they came out. I feel it better reflects the piece in person, although still lacks the depth of the original:
I also figured I would explain a little but about my connection to this piece. If you haven’t thought about how this piece might relate to you yet, I invite you to do so, before your initial reaction is tainted by my thoughts.
My art is meant to be interactive, opening new ideas, emotions, and questions to the viewer. The figure puts his heart in a balloon to carry it it up beyond his reach. This can be an act of bravery or an act of cowardice. If bravery, the figure is allowing his heart to “fly”, even if it means having to let it go a bit- less protected. If Cowardice, the figure is doing everything possible to ensure that his heart ends up where he wants it, even if it means putting it there artificially, or removing it from the vulnerability of a body, where it is connected to thoughts and emotions. I think, in the end, it depends on the day and on the viewer.
For me, this piece represents both. It is a study of our need to protect ourselves, our need to be safe, our need to be happy, and how they all interact. Sometimes happiness requires risk, that takes away our sense of safety. Sometimes our need for safety keeps us from reaching for that which can make us happy. A viewer’s reaction to this piece can say a lot about them or the current space that they are in. The reactions of the viewers become part of the piece; they become part of the story.
Your reaction may give you a hint about where you are, and what your perspective is on these issues. This is a piece that offers answers and brings about more questions at the same time. I hope it has brought something to you.