Conversation about arts

For visual artists, it is always interesting to explore a deeper understanding in art processing. How the other people think about the art works? How do different colors affect people’s thinking? What make the difference in understanding on the same subjects to different people? After all, those sounded mysterious connections between art and human always amuse us, if not puzzle us.

The event “Psycho-Figuration” hosted by the Contemporary Art Museum in Saint Louis one weekend attracted variety of audience in the area. The topic was about analyzing and opinion-paralleling the artworks of a New York based artist Nicola Tyson’s figures painting by Juliana Varela, a licensed psychotherapist and Adrian, a painter originally from Georgia. This event featured an mind exploring conversation about the relationship between art and psychology.

Juliana expressed the importances of her subjects – her patients’ self recognition through their own visual expression. While Adrian Cox, tries to explore his imagination world by looking for a deeper understanding of his subjects in painting, by researching and sculpturing. They both take it seriously on approaching for a better understanding of their subjects, then put the concepts into their art and works, help people and themselves understanding each other better.

They both agree that there are things can’t be verbally processed, and sometimes it is difficult to explain people’s reactions by words, the common ground for us is the visual expression and empathy, which is the key of these relationship/connections.

Similar thinking processes could be applied to graphic designers. What object motivates the clients? What color scheme are the best for the event? What typefaces are the best for the atmosphere setting?…These questions are good samples of approaching to each other. These things are what in our conversations with our clients all the time. For graphic designer, this is the process of looking for an idea instead of healing a patient. We also might have a wider media platforms and audience base, but a conversation can get the processes started.

(Photo, from left to right: Alex Elmestad, Director of Learning and Engagement; Juliana Juliana Varela, licensed psychotherapist and Adrian Cox, painter and adjunct lecturer in Washington University in St. Louis.)

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