Friday, November 13, 2009

Enveloped in art

Today I was making a list of things I want to experience in DC. Of course exploring art galleries was firmly added to my list.

Then I started thinking about my relationship with art and how it has shaped my life. I know, waxing a bit profound for someone staying home with a cold on a rainy fall day.

The first art exhibit that spoke to my soul and moved me debuted at the Hammer Museum in 2004: Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective.

Her goal in creating her sculptures was to incorporate “as much of life as possible—no barriers—no boundaries—all freedom in every sense."

Her sculptures were created from cold, rough canvas, welded iron, and black paint. The canvas was salvaged from industrial laundry conveyer belts. She manages to transform these materials into organic forms that express a “glimpse… of the fear, hope, ugliness, beauty, and mystery that exists in all of us and which hangs over all the young people today.” What I love is the beauty in the shapes and curves, contrasting with the depths of the black circles that almost swallow you alive.

Untitled 1959

Her work reminds me of a line from Modest Mouse:

So much beauty in dirt.

So much beauty it could make you cry.

That’s life for me: taking the dirt, the canvas, the iron and shaping it into something beautiful and meaningful that encapsulates the process of becoming.

3 comments:

Stefani M. said...

"That's life for me." Amen! Shaping ourselves, life shaping us, the Lord shaping us... what will we become? Lots of dirt and black somtimes, but how beautiful!

Jocelyn said...

Here's an article I like about Lee Bontecou's career:

LEE BONTECOU by Diane Calder


I think I'm enamored with the idea of powerful women sacrificing so much for what is so important to them: their families, yet still finding success and happiness as they create.

Jocelyn said...

Stefani, I want to become a specialized instrument of curious workmanship in the Lord's hands.

I guess, I want to be the Liahona.