March 2017

Amelia Key

The intersection of different forms of creative expression not only gives new layers of meaning, it also creates new kinds of representation. Many visual artists listen to music while they paint or draw, and there is also a tradition for painters to convey movement, dynamics, and the waves of sound in their work. Wassily Kandinsky, one of the most important Modernist painters of the first half of the twentieth century, often commented on this connection between music and visual art.

Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies,
and the soul is the piano with many strings.
The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another,
to cause vibrations in the soul.
-Wassily Kandinsky

The work exhibited this month by Amelia Key is a contemporary example of Kandinsky’s notions about the way different forms of art interact with one another. Key’s dynamic, colorful, and perhaps even whimsical forms demonstrate the connectedness of the arts. The variances in tonal color, shape, size, and material speak to the syncopation, rhythm, and melody of sound.

Key’s assemblages of primarily found objects engage the viewer, not only in the occupation of the shared space, but also in the movement within this space. The visual and spatial senses are engaged. Indeed, the elements contained within each piece cease to exist as parts and instead are transferred to a new whole.

All of our senses work together to bring us information, and this information shapes our individual experiences. Engaging our eyes, our ears, and our hearts is part of the daily processes that take place within our minds and our souls. Our Creator has given us the tools to both understand and enjoy our world. We are designed not only to receive messages given to us, but also to share creatively with others. That ebb and flow of creativity and expression that happens between people is one of the ways in which we can connect to one another on a deeper level, and it also mirrors the Creator sharing His beauty and love with each of us.

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