Monday, 25 March 2013

Some past references of embraces.

One of the most famous images of the 20th century, from the front cover of Time Magazine in 1945 when Japan surrendered explores the political landscape and contextualizes the image of the ‘Times Square Kiss’, by Alfred Eisenstaedt. (Eisenstaedt, 1945) In these images, spirit and emotion is present, yet these are static by their nature of being photographs. 

Contemporary photography of an embrace includes one from the Vancouver Hockey riots, which ended up in this world of social media with the photo that emerged ‘going viral’. This highlights the impact of technology and of the environment and again politicizes and contextualizes the embrace (Jones, 2011) (

This is an interesting way I thought of combining the two energies of people albeit its not in an embrace.

Klimpts embrace speaks through its composition, and strikes me as more a design than a painting, or has a strong design element. ‘The Kiss’, by Gustav Klimpt, an early modern contemporary image of an embrace from 1907-8. It is indicative of a lovers’ embrace, yet within the context of Europe and embrace as greetings, it must be understood and considered that the idea of greeting embraces is not universal across cultures, and different customs are used in different parts of the world (

This early fresco religious painting has a visual mechanism of what a crown chakra might mean, or appear as.

6000 year old Neolithic archaeological dig site near Mantova, Italy.

Photo released February 6, 2007. (Enrico Pajello/Handout/Reuters)

The earliest record of an embrace I could physically find...

After thinking about the emotional physical and spiritual aspects of people with this study, I quickly drew this image. It was the hour my dear Nana passed over. In it, I am comforting her smallish body, perhaps a reflection of honouring the old, but also honouring the inner child as well in that time of greif.

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