|Untitled Glass Art by Teresa Young|
This conundrum is probably responsible for the unsatisfying answers people get from artists, and me in particular when they ask that question. I can tell you what it means to me at that moment in time, but I can't tell you what it means to you. The artwork could be hitting you on an emotional, visceral level, which could mean you either hate it, or really like it, and I wouldn't necessarily be able to figure out why it appeals to you. (Or doesn't for that matter!)
|Fauvist Fantasy by Teresa Young.|
Now that I've expressed my opinion on art and how subjective it is, and how anything I say probably doesn't apply to you, the viewer anyway, I'm going to go ahead and tell you with some of my pieces what they mean to me... Which is really just a snapshot in time anyway, depending on my mood, the meaning could change for me as I see something different in an existing painting. Art is just like that, it's somewhat dynamic, which I think is part of it's appeal!
|Sunken Treasure by Teresa Young|
Sunken Treasure on the other hand, goes back to when I used to scuba dive in my late teens and how I really loved the feeling when I was under the water below thirty or forty feet. When I took my scuba ticket there was this little octopus less than a foot across that swam near me, I played with it under that water until is squirt ink and swam away!
The ocean has always seemed magical and like another world, sort of a treasure trove of beauty that most of us never get to see. I felt honoured to have been able to experience that beauty, and it really came out in this painting!
|Emergence by Teresa Young|
Emergence is pretty obvious, if you had happened to know where my life was in 1998 when I painted it.
I was in the process of divorcing and the feelings of learning to be independent and forging my own identity again were really at the forefront of my psyche. I like the way the woman is pushing up through a semi-formless muck to emerge into the light!
I was living on the west coast of Canada at the time, and that's why you can see a mountain range in the background. The really interesting thing about paintings is that they are often like the written word. They can have layers of meaning, like metaphor in stories, that I am often not aware of.
|Figure Frog by Teresa Young|
Sunken Treasure was also a 'crossover' piece for me in that it started out as a realistic piece that flowed into abstraction over time.
|Cat's Emotions by Teresa Young|
Later on, my art started to change, as everything alive does, it evolves over time, which is why I can say I never paint that same thing twice! I used to be a realistic painter, and did portraits in my youth, but I don't think I could settle down to realism again. It's like being nailed into a rigid box for me, I couldn't do it!
|Carnival by Teresa Young|
|Escape by Teresa Young|
|The Wheels Art Turning|
|Queen of Thorns|
|Pushing For The Sky|
Pushing For The Sky is from this year, very recent, and it's about growth, life and moving forward. Reaching for the sky, not trying to be too trite here!
I think I'm back in a 'trying to find my footing' or identity cycle again. I'm not sure we ever really find out who we are, because like the artwork we produce, we are constantly changing. And sometimes, we go through similar cycles in our life as we learn out life's lessons...