-"anguish" by Albert Schenck
I thought i would like to blog about an experience that is very new to me. I don’t know if it is uncommon that i haven’t experienced this until now. Maybe it is! I was recently at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.
I have viewed thousands and thousands of art and images in my life but non have effected me to the point that they bring me to tears…yet this image did.
It caught me completely off guard. I just remember looking at it and it was like the artist who painted it caste a spell over me . I could not move, I could hardly breathe and I just felt this overwhelming urge to fall to my knees. I’m not a person who shows emotion easily but this artist stripped me down naked and bare. I needed this! 3 days later im still weeping more tears than I have cried in my entire life up until this point.
This painting humbled me and ill never forget it, ever. This is the first painting which held me captive for what seemed an eternity. It spoke to me on many levels and the more I examined the painting the more I saw, and the messages began to fill my thoughts.
Life is precious, fragile, cruel, sad, just, unfair, a struggle, the strongest shall survive, fighting until the end, never giving up even in defeat, strength, love, death, loss and victory.
Then looking at the painting from the mothers point of view and that of the crows. Brought me to an end conclusion that this is what life is all about, sometimes fate deals us a hand we don’t want for ourselves or our loved ones but we have to deal with whatever life throws at us, sometimes we will win and other times we lose. But we must fight for what we love!
I know this... but this painting really made me KNOW IT!
That is powerful and it has now made me think about my own work and that it is now time to say something which means more than just the pretty surface!
Time to dig…I´m changed, never to turn back!
There is a youtube to follow very soon!
I also have avoided up until this point to read anything from other sources about the painting, its meaning, the artists intentions etc so what i have written comes from what i got out of the painting!