In lately I've been thinking a lot about why I love creating abstract art so much and why I appreciate it in general. Well, do you know how abstract art doesn't really have a recognizable subject matter but often still has content, usually an emotional content? That's where my main interest lies, in creating pure emotional content. I'm inspired to capture the essence of a feeling or an experience but without having to realistically depict or illustrate what caused them. The simplest way to put it: I just want to express pure emotions through painting.
The painting you see above was made in November 2015. When working on it I felt a sense of being haunted by something unknown, dark and murky and I felt as if I was drowning in dirty, muddy swamp waters or being helplessly dragged through deep mud. I was also sick at the time so my negative emotions were probably connected to lack of physical strength and vitality. Since this painting was connected to something so unpleasant I didn't want to post it online and I almost forgot I even made it until few days ago when I found a quote by Georgia O'Keefe written in my art journal.
“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing–and keeping the unknown always beyond you.”- Georgia O'Keeffe
Even though my dirty looking brown painting wasn't inspired by the quote I felt like there is some strange connection to it and that the title The unknown would suit it pretty well and that it does deserve to be shared online as well :)