Joyful Cloud

Joyful Cloud
Anonymous
Found 01/2014, Goodwill (Metric and 183)

While Joyful Cloud is at its heart a cheerful expression of joy—and that is certainly at the heart of the piece—one artistic choice challenges a simple interpretation: the artist’s choice to present the image with its standard colors reversed, a blue cloud against a white sky. Implicit in the artist’s choice is that this kind of happiness exists in an alternate world, in a reversal of our day-to-day experience. Or, possibly, that the overt expression of joy is hidden from view, a reversed world from the one where emotions are aggressively hidden from the public.

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