one) a leading artist in today’s times, the lyrics of the song and the video bared no resemblance to my personal experiences yet impacted me in such a way that I had no explanation for it, almost developing empathy for the girl in the video and the excruciating pain that she is seen to be in, in the video. Similarly Weschler experiences such a profound connection with Vermeer’s painting “Girl with a Pearl Earing”. The painting’s context and subject could not be further from his own experience but it changes his perception of the Yugoslavian War and Dusko Tadic along with the war in Bosnia. Looking at the facts, Weschler and me have nothing in common with the works, no clear reason for any kind of reverberation. However, both Weschler and me felt an irrefutable association with the pieces and ironically it was the lack of a reasonable source that led to the works having such a long-lasting influence on us. Our relationship with the works was deepened due to our shortcoming, of not understanding the connection. The most influential powers in human life tend to be those that are unanticipated and also the ones that are often not easy to comprehend. An artist is considered to be a genius in any medium if they have the ability to reflect their personalities in their works and show the audience something new about themselves that they wouldn’t have been able to realize without their art. These kinds of art works that speak to us from our own soul without any logical comprehension of why are the ones
that we as humans find the most fascinating. Our attempts of making sense of the art work and trying to figure out the resonance we feel is what gets our emotional instinct and intellectual understanding to join forces. At some point in the battle of finding reason we finally reach a stage of knowledge, it is that stage that influences our perceptions and opinions of the art pieces. In order to form such a relationship between us (the audience) and the art, it is necessary that the artist is able to tell us a story about his own personal experiences that we would understand with an extensiveness that exceeds our own intellectual knowledge. For the audience to feel what the artist is feeling it is important for the audience to feel like they
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- Fall '11
- Writing, Weschler, Duško Tadić