Art Criticism: What Does A Sinus Headache Look Like?Posted: April 16, 2012
Today, we are confronted with a painting submitted by long time Blurt reader, Hippie Cahier. Ever vigilant, The Hipster shot a picture of this abstract painting that is in her office and sent it over to me for analysis. We don’t know who painted it.
It has taken me some time to digest this work. I believe it is time well spent, but then again, I’m not going to go out of my way to admit that I waste time. I do, but you’ll never hear me admit it.
Now, let’s examine this work of art.
This painting depicts what a sinus headache feels like.
Affected by his allergy to pollen, the gentleman in the painting has succumbed to the “my head feels like it could explode” sensation that so many of us know well. What remains visible of his disproportionately large head are the very parts that did him in, the sinus region.
It is interesting to note that while most of the non-sinus parts of the head are gone, the mouth remains intact, yet skewed.
The skewed mouth is significant. While artists give their subjects a voice through their portrayals, this artist wants to allow his subject to speak for himself. Because the man in the painting exists for most of us only in the painting, it is up to you and I to suppose what words would escape his off-center mouth.
Our pollen headed friend stands on a porch overlooking the green swamp that likely produced the allergens that affect him.
The message here is clear. Help yourself when you can. If you have a pollen allergy, do not stand on the porch. If you are thirsty, drink.
We all have roles in our own well-being. The artist urges us, figuratively, to get inside and get out of the pollen. His brush screams to us: “be part of your own solution, go inside, or whatever, ok?”
The Subconscious Moves Into The Conscious
This view of the head allows us to see what was on this man’s mind despite his splitting headache. We simply must look into the black bar where his forehead would usually be.
To the far left of the black bar we see a peering eye. Perhaps he felt like he was being watched and was uncomfortable with that.
Toward the center, we see what I would describe as a spectrum of gray to black. This tells me our sinus headache sufferer was a free-thinker. He did not see things as black and white issues. They are, rather, shades of gray.
On the far right, we see a female robot. What sort of mind thinks the gender of a robot matters? Is this robot more or less qualified than her male counterpart? Does she deserve equal compensation for doing the same tasks male robots do? Of course she does, and if the gentleman in this painting thinks otherwise I think he deserves a sinus headache.
Thank you to Hippie for bringing us all this work of art.
Here’s hoping that all who suffer and sneeze in this spring season get through with minimal discomfort.