|"Art is an adventure into|
an unknown world, which
can be explored only by those
willing to take risks."
~ Mark Rothko
|Mark Rothko Untitled 1958 painting|
When I first discovered Rothko, I responded immediately to the colors, shapes, textures, and overall compositions, and through the years, his work has contributed to a personal mental model for a genre of non-representational art that invokes intense feeling through apparent simplicity.
Rothko came to mind as I was thinking about a quote and drawing for this week's blog post, when, for inspiration, I turned to The Anywhere Art Guide cards by Magda Lipka Falck. One card offers this suggestion: "Find a very, very small piece of art and a very, very large piece of art. Compare them." Immediately, I made a connection between Rothko's oeuvre and a singleton earring I have kept in a safe place after having lost the other. Alas, the earrings were my favorites.
Before reading Falck's prompt, I had never put these two bits of my world together. I had never quite understood why I loved these earrings so much (apart from the memory of the person who gave them to me), as they are -- or were in their plural identity -- quite ordinary in appearance. But there was something I really loved about them, despite their ordinariness. Maybe my strong positive feelings were inspired by Rothko's paintings.
For a fascinating tour of Mark Rothko's artistic evolution, visit this slide show on the National Gallery's website: Mark Rothko.