Posted by: emily
on Oct 14, 2011
I have fun with my titles. Each piece speaks to me as I'm working on it. It evolves; it tells a story. I think about that concept as I am working. It helps me make some decisions, some of the many choices of form, color, details that come up.
Sometimes, I have a title before I even start. I have a feeling that I want to express. I "act it out" in the piece. I explore and expand it. It fulfills the thought, the idea, the concept. I most enjoy this!
Rarely, I make a piece and I do not have a title until it is finished. I have to back-track and think through what I had in mind, what I am trying to express in my visual language, what I want the viewer to get from the piece.
I do believe that titles help the viewer. A title gives an inside look into the artist's interpretation and intention. A title often adds a deeper meaning to the initial impression of the viewer. Sometimes, as is important in my work, a title gives the viewer some information about the materials used in the work. Sometimes, the title is personal to the artist, not necessarily understood by the viewer. But, to me, anything is better and more informative than "Untitled". Even "Piece # 10" gives me more of an understanding of what I am looking at. Taking the mystery out of a piece of art is helpful, in my opinion.
Titles can be informative, thought-provoking, emotional, interesting, light heavy, meaningful, catchy, funny, sad, ironic, and so much more. They do, in any case, connect the artist's concept to the viewer.