During a late night conversation with a friend about matters of intrigue and why certain people can catch your attention. Using the comparison of people and abstract art as a metaphor we discussed the inner desire of humans to ‘work something out’. Rather than the blatant ‘THIS is what I am about’, abstract art requires an open mind and leaves things open to interpretation. Enter the painting and see where it takes you!
Scarlett’s abilities to win the hearts of everyone she meets is a truly remarkable quality. Always affectionate and fun, Scarlett can turn the hardest hearts soft. I suppose I always felt her powers lay in her tactile nature and her constant happy mood but I have been thinking about Scarlett and her abstract essence.
Like abstract art Scarlett can cause an initial uneasiness. There isn’t an automatic ‘I know what you are about’ with Scarlett. Her differences to sighted children can be hard to work out and people can often be taken aback by her inability to hold a conversation yet sings so beautifully, or the banging and licking or the random giggling! But on further inspection, interaction, the person being given time to fully explore the thing they are witnessing it takes on a beauty of its own. That is how I believe the world sees Scarlett.
The viewing of abstract art is supposed to be a completely different experience to viewing other art. The demands are placed on emotions rather than rationality.
When you listen to music you don’t hold onto each note, the collection of notes wash over you and form the song. I think Scarlett should be viewed like a symphony, the true beauty reviled when appreciated in its entirety. Scarlett despite her speech and language delay talks to you, communicates, evokes feelings and thoughts regardless of the lack of spoken word. I can imagine Scarlett to be ridiculously creative when she grows up and hope very much that she surrounds herself with creative types, the type of people who have imagination and inventiveness when she invites them to discover the meaning behind ‘the work’.
What I feel that I would really like to convey with this post is that never mind the initial uneasiness our very special children can cause. Give people time to fully appreciate the wonderfully creative and exceptional pieces of art they are! I think anything that pushes people to use interpretation or alters perspective is a really beautiful thing.