I figured out that I'm kind of a fan of Austin Kleon's book, and I particularly like this assignment that we are supposed to post "artwork" that people at might understand better once they hear the story--the story of what it's about and why you made what you did.
I think that art, in all its various forms, is exactly this--subliminal messaging of your own thoughts and emotions that you are attempting to convey to your audience.
But I agree with Kleon's point--"Work doesn't speak for itself" and that "Pictures can say whatever we want them to say" (94).
Does this make you think of the Mona Lisa?
It's the most famous painting of all time, but honestly nobody really knows what's going on there.
Who is she smiling at?
Can we even call that smiling?
I've personally seen the Mona Lisa myself, and I agree--it's weird. I think that most art is weird, and the weirder and more puzzling--the more of a reaction it gets.
People don't like obvious--they like mystery, and in order to be successful in art, you want to make sure you leave your audience with something more--whether it be an emotion, an impression or a question--you want your art to speak for itself. And sometimes that message might get a little lost in translation, but that's what makes it so great.
Personally if the Mona Lisa looked like this I don't think it would be as popular--or maybe it would be.....unfortunately.
Here is a photograph I took in Fez, Morocco at a carpet store:
At first glance, you probably aren't sure what it is, but it's actually kind of a bird's eye view of me looking down from the upper-most balcony at all of the carpets. I was actually up really high, but it's an interesting perspective of my overall impression of the place. It was UNREAL. Soooo many carpets. And I did my best to portray that. But if someone else gets something else from this, then my work here is even more successful.
Here is an oil painting I made back in high school:
There really is no relevance to emotion or anything, I just thought it looked cool--this random girl blowing bubbles. But maybe someone will look at this and think differently? Who knows.