Through Her Eyes
It is very rare for me to have a solid title in mind when I am creating a new piece of work. Often times my process is very fluid and the end piece can end up very different from how it started. Music is a huge influence over the overall vibe I end up creating.
This is a key point and why I have such a hard time naming my pieces. I find it restrictive. When you view an image the name will usually guide you to how the artist desired their piece to be perceived.
The difference between titling a piece “Despair” or “Strength” can have a huge impact on the viewers’ initial reaction on the work. And this is what I have an issue with.
I really prefer to offer up a general vibe and allow the viewer to draw on their own experiences to feel the image in a way that is personal to them – not to me.
This is why you will typically see me using music lyrics or literature quotes as titles. For me, typically, it’s more important to establish the atmosphere of a piece then an exact description.
I have been running into a lot of trouble with this when entering competitions where they need names and descriptions of everything. I wish I could send them a song to listen to while viewing my work!
Does how art is titled effect the way YOU view it?