In This drawing I wanted to describe an uncomfortableness with line work integrated with an elegant instrument. If this drawing was a sound it would be very detailed and unique. I drew hands because they display a distinct intense emotion being somewhat distorted indicating emotionally moving music.
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I felt that there was an element of triumph in the music that was a more loathsome brand of misery, which resulted in the historical reference to the 1813 Burning of Moscow. There were enough of these feelings resonating for me that I was able to translate the plight of these people and shape it into the stumbling depression that is this collection of figures.
Beethoven was in poor health for a majority of the time he was working on his 7th symphony, and I felt his anguish in the music and attempted to recreate it in my illustration. He's lost, staring off into space, creating a masterpiece under the worst of circumstances.
My piece aims to capture the power and turbulence of Beethoven's 7th symphony. I found that the best way to emulate this was to create a scene on the ocean, which is as forceful and tempestuous as the orchestral score. The inclusion of the violin-ship blends the two concepts, the ocean and the symphony, in one subject.
For this piece, I aimed to capture three things that struck me most about the 7th symphony. First was the power of the symphony. The triumphant roar of all instruments combined. Next, was the imaginative quality of the piece. I wanted to give hint of a story within my response. And Last I wanted to portray the light-heartedness that I connected with within Beethoven's piece. In all it was interesting to combine both music and art to create a work that really challenged my senses.
The mood of Beethoven's 7th seemed to change a lot throughout the piece. I wanted to depict this with a sort of whirlwind around him with the sheet music. Like the changing emotions in the piece the sheet music being blown around all comes together to form a finished piece of music.
After reading about the premiere of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 I became interested in the idea of playing a very upbeat song for soldier's wounded in the recent battle of Hanau. I also felt that this contrast fit with the switches through out the symphony between upbeat dancing and pensive repetition. To convey this idea I chose a combination of traditional vine charcoal with digital color.
"Inner Ear" (February 2013)
11" x 14" 2 color screen print on textured Masonite.
As a visual artist, I could not imagine living and working without the ability to see. In this piece, I wanted to draw attention to the fact that Beethoven composed some of the most groundbreaking pieces of Classical music without his sense of hearing. The beauty and triumph of the Seventh Symphony is all the more moving when one stops to realize that the person who composed it would never hear it as we would.