Compelled To Tell: Form

Solon Hannibal Borglum, Burial on the Plains, marble, 1899
Solon Hannibal Borglum
Burial on the Plains
marble, 1899
Museum of Nebraska Art Collection

January 29 – May 19, 2019
During the making process, multiple visual possibilities are resonating in the mind of an artist. Simultaneously, instinct and conscious thought compel the artist. Visually, the term “form” can be applied to an entire artwork, identifying the work as either a painting or a sculpture, for example. Within an artwork, form refers to actual shapes and spaces in a sculpture or the illusion of three-dimensional shapes in a painting. By observing form in an artwork, we can identify an artist’s personal style and interpret meaning through the aesthetic sensations looking at form creates.