It fascinates me how people (myself included) can look at a piece of abstract art and see images that sometimes the artist didn't even create intentionally. In fact, that's what this whole blog is based on, the subconscious aspects that we attribute to the abstract.
Coincidently, this piece is everything that it is not. I was pretty bent out of shape when making this piece. A lot was going on and I’m one of those people that will bottle up all my frustrations and problems until imploding into a puddle of tears (in the comfort of my shower). But it was a social day at the house and I was trying my best to keep a half smile on my face the entire time. Between the sadness and sea of people, one of my friends came over to watch me paint and she sat there in silence, as I virtually ignored her. I had this whole story in my head of what that piece was and wasn’t; I was angry, I was sad and I was taking my frustration out on paper. It’s times like those that I’m reminded just how vital art is to my life and why I cherish it the way I do. It all but took her two seconds to say it, and once she did, it couldn’t be unsaid.
“Eso ahí se ve como E.T.” she said in Spanish, that there looks like E.T. And surely enough, there he was, weird shaped head and all. And just like that, I wasn’t miserable anymore. I laughed, she laughed. Shit, the universe laughed. It was one of those candid moments when you realize life is only a matter of perspective.
There are times when life is hard, and things happen that are completely out of our control. With the recent passing of my boss, that truth has become even clearer. But we have control over our reactions, our emotions, and our thoughts–and to me, that’s even more powerful that controlling a situation.
We can’t allow situations to control us. And believe me, this is something I have an excruciating hard time realizing. But I know better, so it’s about damn time I start acting like it!