Several years ago, the most stoic person I know told me that the only piece of artwork that has ever touched him emotionally is this one. I was, frankly, incredulous. Squealing puppies, airport terminal reunions, and tender moments between elderly couples could never got a rise out of him. Somehow, one a Jackson Pollock monochromatic drip painting did. Go figure.
The truth is I never understood what made Pollock a great American artist. To me, his wet-string-like paintings always rendered effortless and one dimensional. I never could not fathom how dark squiggles on canvas could ever bring a grown man to tears. But today I came a little closer to understanding, when I discovered Agnes-Cecile.
Who is Agnes-Cecile?
I stumbled upon Agnes-Cecile’s work while searching for new eye candy to hang in my bedroom. And although it took a 4-minute YouTube videos for me to get there, I did become a fan of drip artwork.
There is something brave about Agnes-Cecile’s approach to art. She begins each of her pieces with a vision — an intention — but, for the most part, she puts her paintings into the hands of gravity and let’s them take shape on their own.
Lessons from Agnes-Cecile
While watching Agnes-Cecile in action, I am reminded of a few moments in my life when I was blindsided — some times by beauty, others by happiness, but always unforeseen and often for the better. Through those memories, I now see how drip artwork can be emotionally powerful in a way that is unique to its viewer and usually unexpected.
Like the fluid squiggles of a Pollock painting, our senses of self shift in shape and form continuously. And whether or not we want to admit it, that is due less in part to our premeditation than it is to the random whims in life. It is true we are the masters of our own destinies, but sometimes when we let the paint fall where it may, we end up creating something even more treasured than we originally imagined.