The Art Assignment #6: Psychological Landscape

For this Art Assignment the artist, Robyn O’Neil, asked us to create a ‘Psychological Landscape’:

I must admit to being a bit confused by the way Robyn described a landscape. I draw landscapes a lot, in charcoal, and have painted more than a few in art class, and not even my art teacher has ever described landscapes using this kind of terminology. So, I decided to give myself free rein, and just draw what I like. Mountains, in charcoals. Thinking that the ‘psychological’ aspect to which Robyn was referring was that it would be a product of our own imaginations. And perhaps the finished product would expose something of our subconscious. Sort of like those games where you have to imagine you’re swimming in a body of water, and there’s an animal (and the body of water represents your romantic life, the animal, your partner etc.). And my charcoal drawings probably do say a lot about what’s going on in my head. But then, the other day, I found this tumblr post by the Art Assignment which further explains Robyn’s meaning. I think I got it right in my assumptions, which I’m glad about, because I had already made up my mind on what I was going to do. Mountains, in charcoals (well, it’s a bit more complicated than that, but that’s the drift). I also decided not to worry about making it too perfect, it’s my landscape after all and I can do what I like. (Well, that was a bit of a Freudian slip. Is this really what it looks like in my head? I wouldn’t be surprised.)

Psyland

 

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