(Umbrella at Night)

0815GWMetrUmbrella1-1380b(Umbrella at Night)
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Found 08/2015, Goodwill (Metric and 183)

A muted color palette draws attention to the subject, simultaneously framing her and alienating her. The rain-damp lower portion of the image reflects the broad color strokes above, a visual binary that that may suggest a heaven/earth dichotomy—the subject’s journey is cold and uncomfortable, but the upper half of the image is, in its own way, inviting. Tree branches and leaves create a natural arch around her, a frame and a gateway to any number of futures.

The faint suggestions of urban elements (a street lamp lost among the trees, the sculpted nature of the hedges) seem to echo Robert Frost’s famous poem, “Acquainted with the Night:” “I have been one acquainted with the night. I have walked out in rain—and back in rain. I have outwalked the furthest city light.” Rain, darkness, the enclosing umbrella, even the compact nature of the figure, all highlight her solitude, but even in isolation there is still a destiny to look toward.

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