+Steven Curtis Lance
May 25, 2004, 05:14 AM
I like how this image has complexity, even ambiguity. At the level of the physical creation, the surface looks as though it has been wept upon; at the level of the iconography, the sunflower looks as though it blooms despite disease and hardship.
This symbol of sunshine and warmth exists in a context of conflict, with a subtext of suffering.
A richly-textured and fully-realized image, with nothing of the surface shallowness to which a painting of a sunflower could fall victim, your image is layered and conflicted. The closer one looks, the further in the eye and mind are drawn, through surprise to existential contemplation.
Long live your complicated sunflower! Vive la Lance!
And now the motto of Kansas, where I remember the sunflowers growing alongside the roads and in the fields...
AD ASTRA PER ASPERA
May 25, 2004, 06:41 AM
Beautiful sunflower. you are very talented Silke!!