ART AND PERCEPTION No. 8 — The Clay Paintings of Marylyn Dintenfass

THE CLAY PAINTINGS OF MARYLYN DINTENFASS

FREDERICK TED CASTLE

ART AND PERCEPTION NO. 8 1992

Abstract art permits us to visit the reality of another person’s soul. Many people are disturbed when they see abstract art because it is, for them, too near to the truth. These people would rather have truth mediated by something familiar. The abstract artist is both courageous and foolhardy in undertaking to display his or her innermost being because the exposed soul is at once indecent and literally incomprehensible. One does not get to see parts of the soul; one sees or feels, rather, the whole thing altogether. At the same time it is inappropriate to analyze a painting say, as if it were really the soul of the painter – it is really a painting, not a representation of inner chaos.

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