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Thursday, November 1, 2012

La Tormenta

This work is one of Glugio Nicandro's more recurring paintings from a larger group known collectively as "La Tormenta." Nicandro creates these works around a live orchestra along with a soprano singer that sing for a short period of time. 

The meaning of "La Tormenta" in this context can mean the women that is tormented or the one that is tormented. Looking at the work by itself, one can notice that the person in the work has their back towards the audience.The back of the person seems to be protruding out of the body of the person, almost as though the person is tensing. The attention of the person is towards what we can assume to be the outside of house or place she is in. Although the viewer of the painting does not know what this thing is, one can assume that it is important to the person. The curtains are held in what seems to be a tight grip, and seems like the motion is in the process of happening as well.

What I love about the painting isn't the action of the person, but the colors in the painting. There is a high dependance on the black as being a tone setter, such as the bottom left and right looking like it's so dirty that grime has piled up. Not only that, but the fact that the mirror is the only thing that holds color in the work makes that part of the work the most important of it all. The dress of the person also brings the idea that this is a period of mourning, which might explain the grime and dependence on black in the work. All of this makes the work seem so simple in its elements, and yet there are so many ways one can interpret it, which to me makes this work all the more impressive.

1 comment:

  1. The simplicity of this piece plays greatly on its profound nature. I like your interpretation of the artists approach as well. The bold contrast of colors certainly makes the appearance all the more dramatic to the viewer.

    I also like how you chose to conceptualize the title of the work. To me, "La tormenta" signified a sort of personal/mental turmoil personified by a storm.

    The window, to me, represents a portal looking into herself. The red world outside is actually the woman's own personal pain and suffering, and the protrusion on her back that you pointed out is the pressure and discomfort that she harbors inside herself.

    The storm of emotion in her internal world is squarely confronted as she throws back the curtains, exposing the pain, addressing the hurt.She will cover up her pain no more. It is time to face it head-on.

    I hope the storm passes for our faceless friend...

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