Titles: How Important Are They?
Lately, I’ve been thinking about titles. I used to think that Abstract 1, or Abstract 2, or Abstract 3 was enough. But after a work is finished, I often see referential objects in my otherwise abstract paintings.
I have a favorite painting–White Rhythms—where many forms can take on realistic shapes. For instance, there is a jockey riding a horse in the middle of the painting. I have seen it, my partner has seen it and a writer from my regular writing group has seen it. Other forms can be interpreted as: a book, a profile, a barn roof with snow on it, a ghostly form, etc.
I’m not sure if I would re-title White Rhythms Jockey or Ghost. But if it makes the viewer take a longer look, it may be worth it. No doubt, my ‘Upside Down Love’ might have had some influence on the buyer of my painting, but looking at her walls and the other paintings on it, I am sure the color had more to do with it.
I think it’s fun to look at a finished work and see things I never planned, but seem to appear within the framework of the abstract. A painting I did called Five on Edge came as a result of seeing a ‘5’ on the right edge of the painting. This painting did win a best of show in April. I guess I prefer to think the whole painting with its colors, shapes and unity won the award, but looking at art can be a whimsical process.
|Do you feel the title you give your work is important?
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