Monday, June 12, 2017
Art That Makes you Think
I escaped the house on Saturday after a week of nursing a terrible cold and visited the Phoenix Art Museum. Every time I go there is something new to see and admire. I happened upon an exhibit of the art of Patricia Sannit, the winner of the 2016 Arlene & Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award. (I've feature work of Patricia Sannit before here.)
Her art piece is called "Rise Fall Rise" and it's described this way: "The culmination of a process that began last year in which the artist began connecting her practice to unfolding political and cultural events." Ms. Sannit is an artist and instructor at Phoenix College who uses clay and other materials to explore connections within our shared humanity.
She created these head forms that contain oblique references to specific events.
I spent a lot of time studying the forms to try to see if I could decipher the meanings.
This one makes me think of an ancient Egyptian Pharaoh.
This one definitely makes me think of the horrible acts of violence happing all over the world.
This one looks like someone willing to say anything to further his own agenda.
And this last one made me chuckle a bit. I think it looks like a certain leader of the free world when he gets caught in the wind.
I'm probably way off base on all my interpretations but, the important thing is, it makes me think.
The artist says that "Rise Fall Rise plays with notions of the 'anti-monument' and chance to exemplify a collective vulnerability in challenging times."