9. Talullah Winterwolf: Symbolic Narrative

Symbolic Synergy explores the elements of Symbolism with Narrative, as exemplified by the work of Talullah Winterwolf.

Review of work by Talullah Winterwolf9. Narrative

Questions of ‘what’ should be asked before questions of ‘why.’ Knowing proximity first will set the stage for why it is worth being there. To challenge preconceptions will often shatter them. If a work of art questions what people think they already know, it will often be met with hostility. Art that addresses social issues is not necessarily art that people choose to hang on their walls! The most popular works always are images that have a story implied. Beyond personification, and a perceived setting, how one shape or character relates to another begs interpretation. These conclusions are often more subjective than objective. It is the artist’s job to ask the initial question, present an environment that expresses it, and entices the viewer to ask the same. How well the artist’s intensions coincide with the audience reactions can help to determine an artist’s future aesthetic choices. It is possible to change the way people see and think, but only if giving an entrance-point of familiarity. If a work is too much like a riddle, or if the viewer feels intimidated, or if the message is simply too obscure, any narrative attached with be met shallow understanding. Leading the viewer to a conclusion can allow many chosen paths, but one overall intention. If viewers do not comply, the artist must adjust. To actually change the way people react means to use metaphors they can interpret.

“You Are My Sunshine” by Talullah WinterwolfTalullah Winterwolf has made collage her starting point. She weaves the narrative through related objects or patterns. In “You Are My Sunshine,” the dominant form of the barn is in the background, noticed first due to its color. And it sets the tone that the central female figure is judged against: she is a farm girl. Over her eyes is a ribbon (Talullah likes ribbons with words on them) that says “You Are My Sunshine” which can be interpreted as a rather selfless girl who places others as more important. The wall paper pattern behind her is worn and repaired. She wishes to elevate this rural status through LOVE which is faintly included in a pattern segment below the barn. This composition is one of Talullah’s more optimistic ones when compared to the works presented at The Galleries East. The power of context afforded by collage can allow a spectrum of impressions over a single photograph. Collage edits out the inconsequential in favor of the symbolic relationships of found, albeit manipulated, images. Tallullah’s compositions are emotionally powerful and discover a beauty even in the most challenging of human conditions.

Continue the exploration of Symbolism with 10. Dimensionality featuring
Janine Portal, “Untitled” at The Galleries East West presented by Ernie Farstrider

See additional review of work by Talullah Winterwolf in The Aesthete and The Amateur: “Emotional Enigma.

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