Thursday, February 12, 2009

sanguine yearning

Red Alert - Week 1 opens today. The vernissage (opening) will be the evening of Valentine's Day. I've called my piece sanguine yearning. Sanguine refers to blood but also to optimism and confidence. I will refrain from saying what the piece means to me. My hope is that it will evoke personal associations and emotional responses from those who view it.

10 comments:

Ronna said...

Very cool Kate. Neat stuff!

Jeane said...

Kate, you have some amazing stuff going on here - I really love this!

Gwen Buchanan said...

These many detailed views...the color.. .. I am very fond of peering across the surface of this piece... The needle points of pain and the delicacy of flowers ...

Jo Horswill said...

First word when I saw this was "YES".
Sanguine is so much more than just a colour, you know it and I know it.
Theres a warm pool of positive emotion starting to swirl here Kate...just live it.
Love Jo xx

lynne h said...

oh my, kate... this is wonderful. and i love the word sanguine. it's one of those words that i love to hear and see, and it seems to say so much. i knew practically nothing about its meaning before i read what you wrote here, and yet it's always been heavy with meaning for me... this is quite something, isn't it?

love to you on this valentine's day... xo

rivergardenstudio said...

Yes, I feel something very powerful too... your title, "sanguine yearning"... the red of our life-blood... walls and forms like opening flowers but raw too ... I love discovering what this piece says to me. Happy valentines, Roxanne

Uschi said...

phew!! Woww!
Yearning, yes.....
this piece tells a story to me!!

I hope the opening has been a nice party!

Megan Coyle said...

Nice, the feeling this piece creates seems very fitting for this time of year.

Shayla said...

For me this triggers a gut mixture of anxiety, fear and compassion. I'm not able to see the optimism yet. Perhaps I've yet to experience it that way. I can't explain my feelings.

When I observe your piece I'm intrigued and curious about the shapes, and I've admired the "stitches." I've come back several times to look and it's always the same reaction. I'm not used to having strong feelings without drawing a conclusion...

Great work, Kate.

kate said...

Ronna...thanks!

Jeane...glad you like it. I must admit I am quite attached to those little forms myself.

Gwen...I appreciate your poetic description. Lovely.

Jo...I'm patiently waiting for the optimism to swirl in. Maybe soon...

Lynne...I know exactly what you mean! The word has always been heavy with meaning for me as well but I only looked more closely as I developed this piece and it fit so well on so many levels.

Roxanne...I love hearing what the piece says to you. I have felt the same things but you have said it so nicely.

Uschi...I'm touched that the piece spoke to you. And thank you...our opening was a very nice party. The gallery is a lovely space but not huge. There were so many people you could barely see the art!

Megan...you are right about that! It fits the mood of February.

Shayla...I was very touched by your response. For me this piece is about vulnerability and belonging so your emotional response made sense to me. As for the optimism...I'm not sure it's there for me yet either. It's more of a yearning for optimism and confidence not yet realized, which does holds a certain sense of sadness.