Abstract vs. Representational

Posted by Jan French on

Undoing prejudice is a constant battle. Having come of age in the ‘60s, most of my environmental influences – friends, news media, art teachers – stressed the validity of purely abstract works and the passé, conformist pointlessness of representational work. I fought it then and I still do, remaining amazed at those who don’t see that they are actually one in the same. Both are valid and worthy of celebration. The process of taking a 3-dimensional subject’s image and making it into a 2-dimensional one requires some level of abstraction during translation, whether it’s being done by an artist or a...

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