Surreal Abstract Seashell Fragments – Black and White

Seashell collage divided by lines. Surreal abstract art in black and white by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Fugue Mechanics in Black 2.

I got a message on my Facebook page from someone saying they don’t like reading interpretations and explanations of art. They’d rather just look at it and let it make its own impression.

I’m not sure if that was directed at me as the artist writing about my work, or critics at large. For the latter I often agree. The stuff people can read into art is eye-rollingly bad, either adding nothing to the experience if it really does reflect the artist’s intention, or a just-so story completely off base, also adding nothing of value.

Thing is, I also lean toward thinking that about what artists say about their own work. If a work really is intended to be fraught with meaning, it had better enhance the experience somehow through being extremely interesting and/or clever.

That’s why I’d normally rather let my art speak for itself—when I write about it, it’s normally about how it was made. So in that spirit I’ll continue, and may your own eyes do the talking as you look at this picture.

This is image two of two: there’s a color version named Fugue Mechanics 2.

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

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