Awoken By You

This is a curatorial statement with the theme on emotions.  There will be thirty art pieces that show the many emotions that are conveyed through the artwork.  Many artists create art pieces that stir emotions inside us.  While the emotions are subjective to the viewer, the arousal of feelings is present none the less.  Many times the facial expressions shown in the artwork provide a wide array of emotions themselves, from agony to serenity and everything in between.   Emotions displayed in artwork are not only limited to facial expressions but can be evident by the positioning of the body.   Bodies that are twisted can show torment, while bodies that are in natural pose can demonstrate a peaceful emotion.

I choose this theme because I have found that the very subtle details found in the faces of artwork, whether a portrait or bust, can really exemplify what the artist is trying to convey.  One of the highlights of this gallery is the painting The Sick Child by Gabriel Metsu. This painting shows a mother in despair as her ailing child sits limp-like on her lap.  Anxiety fills the painting, after all nobody likes seeing children suffer.  The way that the mothers hand is loosely holding the child with her left hand, and the lack of a smile on the child’s face, show that both the mother and the child appear exhausted in dealing with this illness.  Not only are there emotions of despair in my gallery but you will find a menagerie of different feelings displayed, some joyous and some deviant.  I hope you enjoy my gallery and find the emotions that are awoken in you.

This artwork really inspired my gallery.  When looking at this sculpture you can see the man's eye clenched shut, the tendons in his neck pulled tight, and his mouth is about to summon a tremendous roar that equals the anger and discontent on his face.  Who hasn't wanted to display this image to the rest of the world when crossed by another?
The Penitent Magdalene by Titian is an art piece that illustrates joyous emotions.  This is a painting of Mary Magdalene after Christ had found her worthy of redemption.  I choose this painting because there is a powerful message of spirituality depicted.  Magdalene is shown with her hand grasping tightly to her chest; a sign that she has found something that is indispensable and does not ever want to let it go.  Looking closely at Magdalene’s face you can see that her slightly red eyes have tears of joy streaming down.  Magdalene is peering up to the sky with her mouth open, giving thanks through prayer for her new found way of life.
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