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Heather Lemmons Student Union Response

Heather Lemmons Student Union Response

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Heather Lemmons9-15-11Art
The Pod
On September the 9th I visited UNC Charlotte's art gallery for the first time with my art class. At this timethe gallery had an exhibit by Destry Sparks that was called "Painting With Objects" that I found to be quiteinteresting. My first impression of the gallery was that it seemed very big although it was not a huge area. Thisillusion was created by the way the lighting hit the pieces of art. When the light hit the pieces they seem to appear more brighter and to life because they were placed on a solid white wall which made them stand out. I alsonoticed that the floor in the gallery was a light colored wood, which flowed very well with the white walls. Alongwith the floors and walls, I noticed that the gallery had very large windows that were tall and skinny. Thisallowed even more light to brighten up the area and these windows added to the illusion of a bigger area. I alsolike how the art was spaced out on the walls. The wider pieces were on flatter walls that were wide as well whilethe skinny and tall art work was on the walls that created a corner. This also made the smaller pieces appear to belarger and more to life. One area had two smaller pieces that flowed together to make one big picture which Ithought was quite interesting.However, I found a particular painting that caught my attention right from the start. This was DestrySpark's piece that was called "The Pod". The first reason why it caught my eye was because as soon as youwalked in, the wall that was across from me had "The Pod" on it. The second reason why this piece caught myattention was because it was very big, probably the biggest piece that was in the exhibit. Also, other pieces of arthad others next to it where this one did not and so my vision was drawn straight to it. The aesthetics that stoodout the most to me was the lines, shape, texture, and color.First lets look at the line structure and shape of this piece. When I look at this piece I see many curvaceouslines which causes this picture to imply movement. For example, the slightly curved eagle wing creates an imageof an eagle flying in my mind. The feather itself to me symbolizes wisdom because that is what the eagle generallystands for, especially in Native American culture. As well as the feathers, I see leaves and stems of plants. These plants are not dropping, instead they are going upwards which allows me to conclude that they are growing. The
main set of lines that are used to create the focus point would be the rounded, closed in ones. This is my focus point because it makes me feel closed up, such as a pod of a seed. In turn these lines are used to create the shapeof an inclosed pod that has "roots" (the straighter lines inside) that are just waiting to burst out as well as other materials. This gives meaning to the name "The Pod". I also notice that a frame is created around the picture withthe plants, wood, leaves, and deer antlers.The next aesthetics that I want to focus on would be the texture and color of this specific piece of art. Inthis piece the artists uses a burlap type material as the background for his art, almost giving it a rough and dirt likeappearance. This material appears rough and tough while other materials such as the feather is soft to the touch.These materials contradict each other but at the same time they add meaning to each other. This difference intexture leads us to believe that we all are a little rough around the edges, but look deep and you will find the softtouch of the human nature. We also have materials such as leaves that are smooth when they are fresh and living,however the leaves that are on this piece of art are old and dried out. This connection in texture before and after conveys the affect that time has on objects as well as on us. In this work we see only a slight bit of color thathighlights this piece. The main color that we see is in the center of the pod which consists of an off white for the background with a little orange, green, and yellow. The shape in which the colors of orange, green, and yellowalmost resembles a tree. To me this symbolizes the youth in which as not been exposed to a new world. It is stillfresh. It is still new. On the flip side the objects on the outside of the pod has a darker tint as if to say that theyhave aged.I have already stated that this piece made me think of the Native American culture because of the eaglefeather, however after analyzing this work I feel closer to this Native American culture. My own culture. Iactually have a deep Native American background because my great, great grandmother was a full blooded Indian.I have always loved the outdoors and nature just like my pass ancestors. When I see this piece of art, it actuallyconnects that bridge between me and them by helping me remember how we should value the earth and our ownlife. Before Facebook, before cell phones, before automobiles, before machinery, and before guns my ancestors built things from the earth and the earth supplied their needs. In a sense we come from the earth and then return tothe earth. I know that this may sound cliche but it is the truth. If we did not have the growing of life on earth,
then how would we ever grow or survive? We are like a tree. We start out in a pod to protect us until we burstout. After we enter into the world we must have materials to supply us food, water shelter, etc., to nourish us. Byhaving these needs meet we are able to sprout into a tree, growing stronger and wiser (remember that the feather represents wisdom) as time goes on. We must work the land as we grow to help it grow. Then we are one.However, after a certain amount of time we are no longer "new" but "old". We start to shrivel up, and weeventually like the leaves fall back to the ground. Although we pass, what we do, say and teach will help othersgrow similar to how a dead leaf will supply nutrients for an area to grow. The wisdom that we pass fromgeneration to generation will remain just as an eagle feather will remain long after it is gone.

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