Friday, May 25, 2012

In Search of Archetype and Metaphor: Bizarre


Bizarre - Image c 2012 Lynda Lehmann

I've just finished working on this surreal, narrative fantasy landscape with an owl and a large feline in a cave with eyes.  Yes, the cave has eyes.  

I'm making a series of images that I hope will appeal to the imagination and speak to the idea of archetype, metaphor and dream. I've always had a fascination for metaphor, and these images will reflect my personal search for the multiple dimensions of "inner life" that reside in each of us, as I explore ideas of consciousness and meaning, as well as create (as all art does) a new visual experience. 

This image is a bit scary, I think, but I can conjure no particular meaning.  I often wonder about the idea of art needing to have a "meaning" to be legitimate.  Could the meaning lie in just having the ability to evoke an emotional response?  What do you think?  Do emotions even have a place, anymore, in this age of entertainment, distraction, hype and excess?


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2 comments:

  1. Your nice artwork here is a little unsettling, perhaps, but not really "scary" in my mind... definitely thought-provoking! For this piece, my brain realizes that the bobcat and owl are both hunters, and a cave to me often symbolizes being lost... so to be in a "living cave" along with these hunters... makes me glad I am not a mouse!

    This would be a fun image to offer to a group of school children (or even adults) and ask each to write a short story around it... the varied results would be great to read!

    ttfn,
    Eduard

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