Artist Marc Chagall once said, “Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.” What better time of year to think of love in terms of art? Like a great painting, love is never finished, but simply stops and starts in interesting places, and unfolds in many scenes and chapters. The following works by Minnesota artists remind us what Valentine’s Day is all about.
Tell us which ones you love (and which ones not so much). Then send your favorite to your Valentine using the share link above.
By Henry Taly
Artist Statement: “I see hearts as beautiful, age-old symbols. Hearts can be like signatures. The varieties and shapes represent individual ideals of an old and loving symbol. For me, it represents a challenge in how I can say ‘Love’ in different ways. Each heart has its own unique story—its own poem for being.”
The Valentine’s Rose
By Ruth King
Artist Statement: “Inside every rose is a reason to love.”
By Laura Jean Bergren
Artist Statement: “I wanted to create a colorful, contemporary, romantic piece in honor of LOVE and Valentine’s Day. The sheet music is an Italian Aria titled ‘Spirit of Being.’”
By Rachel Orman
Artist Statement: It is not possible to get everything you desire in life, immediately. Some things must be left in the backseat so that we are able to concentrate on the crisis, our loved ones, and the immediate responsibilities at hand. This painting, originally formed on the beauty of my youngest child sleeping, transformed into a realization of how deeply rooted my entire existence is shaped on the importance and love I feel for my family. My needs can be stretched and put on hold for the sake of the happiness of our family unit as a whole. We have an entire stretch of life to lead, and the people around us comprise the true joy, and conversely the utter despair of our being based on how we treat them.”
The Heart of You
By Renee Chan