Greetings everyone, in my last post I discussed J.M.W. Turner especially his sublime landscape paintings. In today's society, the content of the sublime is no longer the same but visually artworks are grounded in its existing aesthetics. The sublime can be described as a quality of greatness, whether physical, metaphysical, theological, or artistic. What does the sublime have to with greatness? Possibly, the greatness of an event which results in a great or terrible experience. Universally, greatness can be overwhelming which in turn is visually represented by an exaggerated amount of light just like in Turner's approach to his paintings. Similarly, a more appropriate contemporary illustration would be James Turrell, Olafur Eliasson or myself.
During my stay in Nigeria, as a child, I did not do traveling as much but this changed as I became more aware of my surroundings, it was relatively overwhelming because I could go see the world by myself. While traveling I paid more attention to the landscape- this is basically what we see- especially the distant parts of it and this brought about my own sublime amidst a million other possible ways a landscape can be experienced. On the other hand, the contemporary society is structured in ways where one can see through devices and these becomes the sublime of today. Technology is gradually changing how the world is experiencing itself, to illustrate, people today are satisfied with the non-physical experience of a place rather than the physical experience.
In the light of this, my paintings are geared towards the problem of how we experience our surroundings in the contemporary society. I am making a non-physical representation of my own sublime in the quest to challenge memory and presenting this memory with the hope it becomes the viewers.
Have a great week
Hi there, I'm an MFA candidate at Georgia Southern University. I enjoy creating and when I'm not, cycling is the therapy. Have a good time reading.