This painting is called 'Escape' after escapement, the part of a clock that controls the speed of the movement by allowing one cog of a wheel to escape at regular intervals, precisely regulating the rate of the clock.
In the painting, there are images of clock parts in the background and in the round 'window'. The yellow graphics over top are abstractions of cog wheels seen from the side. But these things are hard to see and not obvious.
There are abstracted clouds that appear and disappear. There's the green pattern of water surface reflections and the vertical lines that appear as water at a distance but dissolve on closer inspection.
The representational components invite the viewer to try and see a complete image but this effort is frustrated at every turn as attention is pulled away by other elements in the painting.
Spreading SkepticismThe meaning and purpose of the painting is to call attention to the impermanence of the world and to our vague and contingent grasp of it. The painting is meant to invite you in with a suggestion that you might figure it out, but then never quite let you feel confident that you've done so.
The painting makes one self-conscious of trying to pin it down; self conscious of attempting to apply an 'interpretation' to what we see. This is what we un-consciously do in daily life to everything around us.
The Viewer Creates the ArtTo categorize this painting, we could call it representational with aspects of abstraction and collage. In a representational painting, there are three components, the subject that is being depicted, the artist who creates the work and the viewer who experiences it. One can think of art that emphasizes various aspects of this relationship.
Consider again the title: 'Escape'. It could mean an escape from pre-conception. It could mean or escape from un-examined assumptions. It could mean escape into a wider, more mysterious world. What it means is up to you dear viewer / reader!
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