This work provides a wonderfully colorful depiction of a culture. Figures are seen in different states of dress ranging from vibrant to practical yet the figures in more practical garb are surrounded by more colorful patterns, balancing out the work.
When first viewing this piece, I was drawn to the boy on the right. The central pattern blends well with the boys bucket but his clothes do not. This arrangement provides a sharp red to green jump in the local color palette. The boy also sits on the edges of the repetitive patterns and the much more organic mountainside in the top of the piece. Lastly he is the only figure in this piece blatantly smiling.
The work comes across as being rather claustrophobic, yet oddly welcoming. The inorganic structures of the patterns throughout the bottom half of the piece are constantly broken by the people and animals placed inside them. All this disruption forces the appearance of an overall organic piece.
This piece works wonders with all its color. Even with so many colors flooding the image, they remain in balance. The blue of the mountainside balances with the blue across the bottom of the image for example. Another strength of this piece lies with all the people pictured in it. The majority of the people pictured are all staring right back out at the viewer.
Sadly, I am going to have to nit-pick my way through this and find a pair of things worth improving. Firstly, the camel off to the left. While well framed by its neighbors and well colored im curious as to what the rest of the camel looks like. Secondly where the two patterns meet in the center instead of flowing into each other it comes across as broken tile. I would recommend finding some other way to blend them together.
Apparent meaning: in my experience as an American, the way I hear the Middle East described is generally as a hotbed for terrorism, religious extremism, and alien customs. For me, this piece challenges that notion, portraying a tangible, real world that isn’t “bad” or “evil”, just different than the one in which I live.
Focal point: I was drawn initially to the design in the center of the piece. It’s very eye-catching, especially when contrasted with the more everyday, “concrete” images of people and animals. The bright colors and beautiful designs draw my eye and continue to do so even as I type.
Other elements: the people on the bike, the child carrying the bucket, and the sitting woman all draw my eye as I look around the piece. I’m not sure if it was intentional or not, but the people on the bike reminded me in a way of that poster for E.T. with the bike riding over the moon. That element sort of drew up a bit of an emotional response in me.
Space: The mountains and architecture suggest an external, more organic space the piece occupies. The piece is overall very welcoming and broad, and it seems to play on similarities in culture rather than differences.
I would say the strongest element of this piece is its colorful, inviting nature. It draws the viewer in and appeals to their better half, rather than being harsh or too heavy-handed.
If I had a suggestion, it would be to keep polishing the piece. The use of patterns is appealing, but perhaps the pattern in the middle is a bit overwhelming in its current form. I am continually drawn back to it, and it’s almost hard for me to explore the other elements of the piece.
I think it shows different people and their different personalities. This piece has many shapes with different color and textures. It also shows culture and society these people get along with.
This piece is supported by elements of color, shape, space, and texture. People on this piece are wearing clothes which have different colors of each person. Also the images that have textures with different colors and patterns show variety of characteristics in this work. The use of space is well done that those people are staying in front of a traditionally decorated structure and the mountain I guess it would be Himalaya. The flying bicycle over the mountain is a very spectacular part that used space very wisely.
This piece of art work is constructed because most images are attached each other. Moreover, it is claustrophobic because the images fill up the work completely. The element occupies mostly exteriorly the images arranged surrounding the image of texture.
The greatest strength of this piece are variety of color and shape which there are so many things to see I don’t get bored. The arrangement of images around the elegant image of textures makes other images organized. Also, this piece have wonderful use of space like the flying bicycle over the mountain.
The piece consists of many images that have different colors and shapes. Therefore, it would make the piece complicated and vague. Also most of them are sticked together that makes me feel uncomfortable. It would be much better if there are gaps between the images which would make this piece calm and focused.
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