Here's a response to an artist friend towards a conversation we had about abstraction vs. realism. Thought I'd share:
It is important to know what to include and what not to include within a work of abstraction. For how does the artist communicate a feeling or emotion? How does one break the human experience into a non-literal, visual language? That is a challenge to abstract artists - To express the essence of the human experience. The language of art is not just about reproduction, it is about the expression of the human condition.
Susan M Gibbons - artist/educator