Friday, October 20, 2017

Location, Location, Location

I love the role that location—or context—plays in so many life situations.

A favorite example: I picture myself at a beach on a hot summer day, seeing a colleague, stopping to catch up on news, both of us in bathing suits soaking up the sun and loving the sea breezes. Most of the time I don't think twice about such a situation, but every now and then it'll cross my mind to consider how totally bizarre and uncomfortable it'd be to see that same person in the context of our workplace and stop for a conversation with both of us in our underwear—i.e. the same amount of clothing—or lack thereof—as a bathing suit!

That hilarity aside, I'm fascinated by the impact location can make to my perception and enjoyment of a painting. There are pronounced differences—any one of which can be favorable or not— between a painting posted online surrounded by white space on a virtual 'page,' and the same painting displayed in a home setting, or propped in a gift shop, or hung in a gallery show, or photographed outdoors with a natural backdrop.

Here's Holding Vrksasana, Finding My Edge, posing in the context of my home before being mailed off to one of my collectors.


6 comments:

  1. Something to think about. LOL. Too funny. Awesome work here Dotty. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Sure to be treasured ;)

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    1. Happy to have touched your funny bone a bit : )

      Thanks for your comments and LOVE!

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  2. I agree with Sheila, lots to ponder about. I would also add the element of time in the equation. Viewing same location at different times. Your work is amazing!
    PS I have a little pumpkin growing YAY! We'll celebrate Halloween end of November LOL

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    1. Yes—the element of time plays in, too! Thanks for that reminder, Carol. And thanks for your affirmation of my work.

      So happy to hear you've got a little pumpkin growing at long last.

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  3. I love your bathing suit example! That's really effective!!! I feel the same way about context in framing...a framed piece can look extraordinary, while unframed it doesn't pop.

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    1. The bathing suit scenario does make me laugh when it comes to mind in situ!

      Yup, context/framing can be a big player.

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