“The Golden Egg”

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What is this big space of gold with a broken egg all about?!

“The Golden Egg” is a piece I am very excited about. A piece that is perhaps even more complex than it is visually simple. A winning combination in my book. “The Golden Egg” is everything I strive to achieve in a new work of art. Complex, simple, beautiful, dark, elegant, sophisticated, personal, and relatable.

Visually, as a gallery artist, I am always trying to pull my viewers in at first from far away. I try to imagine a guest in the gallery walking in and seeing my piece from afar first. It is at this moment I want to elude you, and make you naturally gravitate straight to my piece. It is intriguing from afar. Once you have arrived feet and made inches away from the work, a whole new image appears. The story unveils itself to you. It is not what you expected but wonderfully welcomed. “The Golden Egg” achieves just that. From far away you are enticed as you see the nearly four foot tall and three foot wide glowing space of deep gold. Lit by the galleries spot light glowing with a dark black square encompassing a golden spherical shape. What is going on here?

As you arrive to the piece, the work of art makes you get inches away to see the detail of what the spherical shape is. It reveals itself as a cracked egg. But not just any cracked egg, a broken golden egg.

What is this symbolic of though?

I pulled inspiration from the story of , well yes you guessed it, “The Golden Egg”. The Golden Eggs being produced were treated with such delicate care, yet never void of constant attention and spotlight. I symbolize the egg in my work of art as “beings with rare talent and gifts” . Any being possessing such talent, especially in the entertainment industry (acting, sports, music, etc.) are often times so rich in talent and supported by millions while simultaneously being held under such extreme pressure to perform a certain way, be a certain way. Under all this pressure it is not uncommon for the being to, well, crack under pressure. What is left for someone who once was revered so highly with their talents when they crack? Quite often times, nothing. Nothing is left. Their support has turned their back. The negative space in my piece is symbolic to that “nothingness” that is left after you’ve cracked.

The piece is a modern day tragedy presented beautifully and simply, like most tragedies are.

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This is just my interpretation! I invite you to write me yours as this piece is here for all to attach their own story to and I would love to hear yours!

Stay pure and appreciate your surroundings and the beings in your life just the way are!

-Brandon Snow