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Intertextuality with Full Fathom Five and Ariel’s Song Essay

  • Submitted by: brianwithnoy
  • on April 15, 2015
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 1,396 words

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Intertextuality with Full Fathom Five and Ariel’s Song

When I first laid my eyes on Jackson Pollock’s Full Fathom Five on my art appreciation class professor’s 40 somewhat-odd foot projector screen, all I could think to myself was, “what the hell is that?” All I saw in front of me was a block with messily painting drips of green, blue, white, black, a spit of orange here, and a spit of purple there. It looked like as if the work was done by a blindfolded five-year old. However upon further inspection (mostly further explanation by my professor) it was revealed to me that it is   an intricate and exquisite combination of layering and dripping of paint transformed into a piece of art that is splitting at the seams with emotion. Painted on an unstretched canvas on Pollock’s studio floor, Full Fathom Five showcases a different yet creative style of art. From the way the streaks of paint is one single stream from one end to another, it is obvious that Pollock was trying to “promote the continuousness of line rather than the broken lines inevitable in the constant reloadings and adjustments of conventional brushwork” by placing a stick on the side of the paint can to create a beam of paint.1 He left the streams, beams, and streaks of paint with “almost infinite permutations”; Pollock made it to see that the physical way he applied the paint on the canvas greatly affected the way the paint was going to be portrayed as part of his masterpiece.2 Under the numerous layer of paint the viewer will see that it is filled with three dimensional objects - including nails, keys, coins, buttons, and cigarette butts. The combination of three-dimensional objects on a second-dimensional plane creates depth and perception and opens up infinite . The painting is created so that it can be viewed from infinitely many angles; there is no ‘right’ way to view the painting. The viewer is as free to look at the painting from any angle as much as the painting is free to explicitly portray...

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