Symbolic Artwork -I Am What I See And You Are What You See
This symbolic artwork is inspired by Franz Kline’s abstract expressionist style as well as Rorschach’s inkblots. It is the first contemporary art piece of the Inkblots series and was born after 35 days of stringent Level 5 lockdown. When the strict curfew had been lifted I decided to grab my camera and take a drive to Franshoek by way of Caledon. There were some dead trees that I had been meaning to photograph for quite some time, and it was the perfect opportunity.
I named this one-off print ‘I Am What I See, and You Are What You See’ because I asked various people their interpretation of the image, and each one had a different response. So I decided that this would be the most appropriate title. Personally, this inkblot represents a deformed figure running toward and away from something. It speaks of the uncertainties we are experiencing due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Not only have we had to deal with the fear of contracting the virus, but there have also been psychological consequences from social isolation. Which had an alarming impact, and it will require a vigilant eye on our thoughts and emotions to make the necessary life-affirming adjustments as we move forward.
We each respond to life differently. For one person isolation means time to breathe and, for another it is torture. There are always differences of opinion, but that does not make one person right and another wrong. On the contrary, it is an opportunity to create space for each other to grow.
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