In the intensely connected society of today, a single persons world is no longer limited to the people, ideas, and objects within walking distance. This is because communication, a most essential aspect of the human experience, has reached a critical point in history. Everyone is in contact with everyone else every minute and every second of every day. In order to be heard among the multitude of other voices bombarding people on the street, on the internet, in the media, on the radio, in movies, in books, everywhere, one needs to find a way to speak in the most effective way. To speak at all anymore does not guarantee that one will be listened to. So, the phrase speak visual to me means surpassing the limits of the written and spoken word and grabbing a viewer by the heart immediately with a stunning image. It means right away giving them a reason to want to listen to you and hear your story or share your emotions.
In my piece I tried to represent the idea that when we are speaking visually, not only are we literally painting an image onto our canvas, but we are somehow painting some of our human experience onto the minds of our viewers. Within each stroke of the claw is a series of simple icons representing one cohesive idea, creating a sort of visual sentence. The girl in the image is directly engaging with whomever the viewer is, her eyes beckoning him or her to consider the possible messages hidden in the painting. My hope was that this piece would somehow evoke the silent yet poignant communication, the visual speech, which one can sense between artist and viewer in every piece of art.
I had a crazy amount of fun painting this image!
It's kind of a benchmark for me as a digital painter because I actually worked on it over a long period of time (rather than doing what I think can only be called "art binges" which are just hours of working straight through a piece in one sitting... really not a good idea, haha.) But it has been a great learning experience for me, and it was really amazing watching all the other entries come in.