Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I found this deer dancing on a ceramic container at the Seattle Art Museum and was struck by the strength of its shape and jauntiness of its pose. It looks like an embodiment of glee. There is also a suggestion that she is looking at the viewer to make sure that her dance is noticed - a very human trait. I gave her an orchard of fruit to dance in and she is carelessly knocking some berries to the ground. Is it ok to be so happy if we are careless with the people and environment surrounding us? I really don't know the answer.
You can see the inspiration for this painting at the SAM in the wonderful little Italian paneled room. I think it is an apothecary jar shaped like a segment of bamboo and comes from Asia somewhere. I will try to find out where.