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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Guadalupe Arenas III

The Use Of Symbolism In Art

Following in the tradition of Symbolist's, this painting of Guadalupe Arenas surrounded by snakes, eagles, and soon to appear lizards makes use of unrealistic forms to bring the subject to life on the canvas and in the mind of the viewer.  

Since my last blog post about this painting I have spent many hours adding detail as you can see in the following photos:

Borrowing subject matter from the baskets created by Guadalupe Arenas, her serious look, and the palette are all symbols of a life led in harsh conditions while creating beautifully spectacular baskets.  Is she strangled by her situation? Certainly Arenas created her baskets as a means to finance her life while living in a harsh desert environment. The choice of the deep reds and golden tones mimics the actual materials used in her basket work. The soft,more feminine tones, inspired by the fact she was female, provide a sharp contrast to the rest of the symbolism.

The painting is not complete. I will continue to post photos as the work progresses, so please check back or follow my Facebook page:  pamelahuntlee  

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