Mindful Moments #8 Adding a Dimension
13 Apr 2021
Adding a Dimension observes the layers and mechanics behind an artwork, to explore the artist and to expand our own perspective. This exercise can be useful for people who feel like they cannot understand art, or for those who want a deeper understanding of how to create art themselves.
By focusing on textures, shapes and materials, experiencing art becomes more immersive. We use both the logical and creative sides of the brain, in trying to deduce how an artist created their work and in then imagining their state of mind as they were creating it.
We’ve included two paintings by Nahem Shoa’s from the City’s collection, Gbenga Sitting on the Stairs and Desmond Haughton in Red Jumper, to accompany the exercise, but use what works best for you, art at home, sculpture or objects are also perfect to help create your own Mindful Moment.
Nahem Shoa, Gebenga Sitting on the Stairs, 2002, Oil on Linen. Southampton City Art Gallery. © the artist. Image © Southampton Cultural Services
Nahem Shoa, Head of Desmond Haughton with Red Jumper, 1997, Oil on canvas. © the artist. Image © Southampton Cultural Services