Surreal Abstract Seashell Collage Split in Three

Fractured blue seashell collage on green, red, and yellow background. Surreal abstract art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Qua. Qua, meaning “as” or “in the capacity of”, is a play on the idea of art being representational and imbued with meaning, and also the fact that interpretation is part of all art.

The latter point is never truer than with abstract work not intended to reflect anything in particular. Subjective interpretation is all but forced, especially given how readily pareidolia comes to us.

I’ve had some surprising and unexpected things seen in my work, including monsters, pole-dancers, and star signs. Totally unintentional on my part, but that’s part of the fun. (Though it makes me careful to avoid obvious resemblances to completely undesired things.)

There’s a black and white version of this composition called Qua Obscurant.

Canvases and Giclée Prints

Archival-quality prints of this piece are available. Options include framed and unframed fine art paper and canvases.

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