Andy (my oldest) requested a night of art reading. Yeah! I'm always up for that!
We selected this piece by Sabine Timm to discuss using the three steps to reading art mentioned here.
Below are the interpretations of Stephen (my husband), Andy, and myself. Spencer (my youngest) fell asleep and didn't add to the discussion this time.
WHAT DO YOU SEE?
- 2 houses that look like they were made out of clay
- they are on display on a couch
- one house seems wider than the other
- there's a tree growing on the bottom of one of them
- the houses are balanced on their roofs
- both houses have green on the bottom
- their windows are both red
- the slimmer house has green growth all over it
- there's dirt under the couch in the background
- couch bottom right upholstery is torn up
- there's kind of a coffee stain on the one side
- house on the right has a door, the other house doesn't
- the homes are similar in style and color
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THESE FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE?
- they look cartoony like claymation
- must be small in real life
- it looks like a model
- windows and tree seems formed out of plastic which adds to the model feel
- it's doll house furniture but there's houses on the doll house furniture
- couch reminds me of home and relaxing
- the shapes of the homes and tree are like arrows
WHY DID THE ARTIST PUT THIS ALL TOGETHER?
- they thought it'd make a cool image
- the houses get a day off and the tree too for some reason
- I think the artist thought, "I want to tell a story but I don't know what that story is?" so the artist played until a story seemed to emerge
- this house with the tree is like the balance between tech and nature
- two houses on a first date and the tree is a corsage
- I think they're spouses and the one on the left has a illness (the tree) that's growing. the illness is making the house tip over about to crush it's chimney.the house on the right is trying to help the one on the left.
These are our interpretations, you may see something different. Oh, and I should mention that when we do this we don't read up about the piece until after we've looked at it.