The meaning that we draw is entirely our own
SOLD Title of Work : “The meaning that we draw is entirely our own”
Size: 153 x 61cm
Medium: oil on Canvas
Over the years I have painted various works in this “vague” style and repeatedly had the opportunity to speak with individuals about what it is that they see. I have often marveled at, I mean really amazed by, the variety of entirely different interpretations that have been drawn from the same painting (as I’m sure many artist are). One painting, that used to hang behind me while I served customers, was a classic illustration of this, as it would receive largely polar opposite reactions from people. Either, they would see it as a face that was serene, calm and peaceful or they would see it as a face that terrified and repulsed them - they saw the work as full of agitation. One man said, he thought it was a portrait of Charles Manson, while another lady said that for her it was the most loving face she had ever seen. The saying, we all see our world differently has often came to mind, but I have grown to interpret it in a slightly different way..
That while we all seem to see our world somewhat consistently in terms of shape, size, colour and form (for otherwise dancing, driving down the road and any number of interactive things that we do, would be impossible), the meaning that we draw from what we ‘see’ is entirely our own.
Bec Watson is a Northern Tasmanian painter concerned with archetypal images from the natural world that can shine light on the nature of the human mind. Her “Ravens and Bulls” series is the product of intensive research on esoteric symbolism particularly the historical symbolism of the nature of the human psyche.
The Raven, an example of the extraordinarily clever and curious Corvid family, has in scientific studies displayed understanding of foreknowledge and active prediction of scenarios. Throughout history cultures have marveled at these intelligent, curious, and exploratory creatures and in time the image of the raven has become an accepted symbol of the intellectual and spiritual core of the human psyche.
The Bull, long used as a beast of burden and work animal, has become a strong symbol of the raw, physical nature of life while lacking the spirit and intellect of the mercurial and clever Raven. Tied to the ground and used for its power the Bull becomes the other side of the coin, representing in equal measure the duality of the human mind and body.