A work of art cannot but be expressed through materials, textures and fixings. Other than its materiality though, there are other, ‘intangible’ elements at play that shape its final outcome: sentiment, idiosyncracy, experiences, talent, imagination, the unconscious mind and so forth combine to determine its final shape that is more than its actual form that we perceive through our senses.
In these variants lie the differences that are at play or sometimes in conflict between matter and spirit.
Every workpiece of visual art stems from our intellect. Sometimes, more often than not, art conveys a message that is more powerful and more convincing than speech. It can handle emotion better, which in its own right makes you softer and more open as a recipient.
Ideas tend to crystallize and take simple and well-shaped forms. Is it somehow possible to express an abstract notion or an emotion through an object?
The abstract idea, craving to become tangible, seeks tangible objects to clad itself, for the abstract and indefinite to be understood. Even by just declaring disarmingly its own fluidity.
Emotions also love their symbolisms, their representations, parables and metaphors. In as much as words according to Plato become images, pressing, overflowing and emotional sentiments also move to speak in every possible way. The pursuit of means and more means is after all a constant struggle for every creator. Emotions by nature push and press to be expressed. Even if their representation is not easy, there is always something elusive, changing or delusional to it, their tendency to speak through images is pressing.
Works of art are mental entities, products of mental invention.
Dr. Kyriakopoulou Olivia