We know about modern conceptual art, and have likely seen it in magazines and online. Often, it is fairly harmless, and consists of colours, shapes, images, and objects which all carry some kind of theme. The theme can be anything which can be humanly recognised, and felt. Sometimes, the point is missing, and we are puzzled by what we see. Puzzlement is also a sensation that we cannot deny as a part of our emotive arsenal, and as a response, is fairly heavy.
The psychology of colour and shape are well described, and although each of us have our own unique interpretations, tendencies are clear. Location, age, gender, and faith all relate to how we see the world around us, and what the various distinct forms represent. The moral compass of us all is guided by that of the nation we live in, the people we surround ourselves with, and the knowledge we absorb from the teachers throughout life. The way we feel about ourselves is not only dictated by self but by the general perceptive rules or programming of the society that we live in.
In order to not be a product of our society, it is necessary to remove self from it for a considerable amount of time, and simultaneously expose self to an array of new and foreign things. Travel is a remarkable way of doing this, and a long stay away in another place can do wonders for our own identity.
When presented with repulsive sensations in art, especially in the modern and conceptual art movements, such as the taxidermy and preserved animals, that repulsion is the work of art end result which creates a connection between you and the artist via their work. You don't have to like it, you don't have to feel well after seeing it, but you have sensed it and have formed thoughts and feelings on your own that determine your perspectives on all things related, conscious or otherwise.
When we see an animal in a case, preserved and cut open, we can feel empathy for it, and we can be repulsed by the fact that it has been done. We can think to ourselves “what a bad person” however, we could then quite easily go across the road and eat a burger. Which is the crueller act? Who knows, but at least with the art we have an honest depiction of the creature in question and perhaps a finger of hypocrisy, pointing right at you for feeling disgusted, however that it not the question being raised.
The idea is that we can view the piece and make an educated guess as to what it may be trying to say. We can even know exactly what it is saying but have no words, and this then makes a perfect artistic expression. How do we describe something that has no words? We express it wordlessly. Still, there is no match for a deep look into the heart via some good conversations and time together, but if we get one thing, let's make it as sensational as possible.
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