Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Abstract Scream

Edvard Munch's painting Scream is one of the most famous paintings in modern art history. Right now one version is up for sale in New York, expected to fetch $80 million or more. The painting is known in four versions.

Why do we love this picture full of horror? A man on a bridge, meeting other people but still alone in the world.

To me, the energy in the motive lies in the hands raised to his face, and in the emptiness of the gaping mouth. Of course the radiant colours also helps.

I was looking for flowers that could express the existential anxiety in the shape of grasping hands, but ended up using two tongs from my kitchen instead, a shiny metal pasta tong and a red plastic salad server similar in shape. It's like they don't belong in the mass of flowers, and jet they fit in. The emptiness of the cry is expressed by the space in between the two openings of the vase.

Abstract interpretation.
Trachelium, Limonium and Roses,
metal pasta tongs and plastic salad tongs.

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