Black and White: Archetype

Archetype by Karen Gadient, 2016

Archetype. Another black and white design for October, this time made from pastels, ink, pencil, and marker. Scanned layers combined digitally.

Black and white, shadow and light. What do you see within this artwork?

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Filed under Art, Black and White, Ink, Marker, Mixed Media, Pastel, Pencil, Prompts

12 responses to “Black and White: Archetype

  1. I see little bits of “face” here and there, like a face torn apart and trying to put itself back together. It’s very interesting to look at.

    • Great interpretation–love it. And thanks, Chris!

      • I just had another good look at it, Karen. I converted your artwork to orchestral music in my mind and it sounds disturbing, kind of ugly and borderline atonal. Also mysterious, and the rhythm is throbbing as if to suggest pain or insanity.

        I don’t mean “ugly” as a criticism or insult. Art or music that aims to only be pretty or uplifting isn’t really art I can relate to. Great art is often paradoxical in how it extracts beauty from ugliness.

        • That is a fantastic comment, Chris. Love your insight; don’t think I’ve gotten such feedback since college and I totally agree that art can be be both ‘ugly’ and ‘beautiful’–much like life itself. Thanks for taking such a long look at my artwork.

  2. Excellent dear Karen… kind of reminded me of some works by Escher… Sending love for your weekend ahead! Aquileana 🙂

  3. Looks like a map of an ancient village or city maybe, a fascinating puzzle, and quite unique! 🙂

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