The Innocence of art

This gallery is meant to depict all that is innocent and pure. Innocence, with a broad definition meaning anything from guiltless to naive and simple, has an impact on every day life because it is an essence of human nature; we are all born innocent. Sometimes, we struggle with innocence because it may not be the most popular thing to do (a teenager may be considered cool if they drink underage). Other times, innocence is something we struggle to convince others of. Still others are convinced that the age of innocence is gone, that corruption and hatred have so embedded themselves into our culture that true innocence can never be achieved. As you explore the following works, take into consideration not just their outward beauty, but perhaps, their more subtle clues as to what the artist was trying to convey, and more importantly, your own understanding of each piece.

After the tragic murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993, Ofili felt compelled to depict the sorrow felt by Lawrence's mother, as well as general grief, especially due to racism.
Set in ocean-like surroundings, the child represents the journey of exploration and discovery.
While Elisa has the weariness of age and experience etched in her face, her daughter simply smiles sheepishly, draped in pure white.
A man known for his intellectual and spiritual commitment, the joyful expression in his face, especially his eyes, denote that his extensive studies have not tarnished his optimism.
Not all innocence is rewarded with happiness...
The partially parted lips paired with the furrowed brow suggest that the sculpture has something to say about what troubles him, but cannot.
The stark lines framing the girl's face from the background emphasizes her rudy cheeks, a quality often only portrayed in youth.
Based on Gainsborough's "Elizabeth and Mary Linley," this portrait focuses merely on the girls' relationship to one another and to the outside world, rather than focusing on their youth and beauty.
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