An artwork that whispers not shouts
I recently spoke with a lady that described the difficulty of viewing a variety of works. She termed it “Art Fatigue”. Too many works demand you to look at them – they insist – they force with colour, subject matter, composition.
There is no space for dialogue, for a chance for the viewer to choose to engage, to play freely with the work. Play is a gratuitous activity that intends no serious outcome; ideas are free to be contemplated without thought of gain, reward or responsibility – factors which usually dictate our existence.
An artwork that is quiet, that is subtle, that does not mind how you interpret it, is an artwork that can relieve art fatigue.