Exultation, anguish, ferocity, and passion—life likes to highlight the extremes of emotion. While polarities do add vigor to our everyday lives, to be truly alive to feel these emotions depend on finding balance between life’s dichotomies. I am conveying this message through presenting ten pieces that show the progression and amalgamation of polar maximalist and minimalist elements. It is when one finds balance between extremes when they become the best version of themselves.
Color and Progression
One element crucial to conveying my theme is progression in size, medium, subject, and color scheme. My first pieces start out abstract and small, with little central focus and distinct, juxtaposing color schemes. “Chaos”, for example, is inspired by zentangles that represent full on abstract maximalism. “Silence”, in contrast, borrows “Chaos”’s contour lines but uses simple, minimalistic color choices. The medium sized middle pieces merges the two color schemes and focuses on and parts of the human body. This represents the the journey on finding balance between life’s extremes. The final pieces on large canvases represent the complete formation of the human self: both extremes are completely merged within each other, and the composition become more realistic.