Into An Unknown World #2

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What happened to us? What's going on with our inhabited environment?

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Corinne Anderson

December 13, 2021

"Into an Unknown World #2", unlike the first in the series, starts with a familiar pattern. The gridded lines in the dark red patches appear like cities from above, the streets criss-crossing and trying to remind us that there should be order and organization in our lives. But the swatches of color surrounding these small islands of urbanization carry the energy of conquest, or maybe one of reclamation. Meanwhile, the gray outer boundaries are reminiscent of the sea, lapping at the shores with a soothing yet persistent rhythm.

In some ways, this piece feels antagonistic, like "the world is falling apart at the seams." But in other ways, it feels optimistic and hopeful, like "our world is changing on its own terms." Either way, this piece is exuberant. It could be the kind of artwork that, when seen, urges the viewer to wonder which side of the spectrum they belong to that day... and then come back the next to see if their mind had changed.

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Yuan Chen
Yuan Chen Creator

December 14, 2021

Thank you so much for your wonderful critique, Corinne! I am so honored, and very much appreciate your insight and comments. Your comments reflect my own feelings about this piece.

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Yuan Chen
Abstract, Abstraction
Painting - Framed
Acrylic, Pastels, Canvas
32.00 inches wide
35.00 inches tall
1.50 inches deep
20.00 lbs
San Rafael , CA, US