In her works Anna-Sophia John explores how we interpret abstraction. In these works she has created images that are incomprehensible and without recognizable subjects. Because of the abstraction, there are no reference points for the viewer to decipher the image, so we all add our own interpretation of what the images signify. John focuses on this process and the psychology of it. Like the famous Rorschach inkblot test; we see what we want to.
But there is another aspect to all this interpretation. Without reference points in the subject matter, we are forced to look into the aesthetics of the work. As John states,
“the viewers attention is focused on the artistic presentation, rather than the subject of the image. This provokes the audience to see the image as a whole, and forces the viewer to look into the image—questioning the techniques and intentions, rather than simply glancing at it.”
Overall, John’s work analyses how we see and interpret art. For more information on her work, click here.
- Lee Jones