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PUNTIAGUDOS (Sharp Points)
© 2001 Keith Halonen    oil on panel    36¼×22½ in /
92×57 cm    $ 9,000 US
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PUNTIAGUDOS is one of four paintings featured in Methods and Materials,
Christopher Willard's monthly column, in the May 2002 issue of
AMERICAN ARTIST magazine. The other three paintings:
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     This represents something of a new direction for my art. With this painting I move into the realm of still life. I seek to imbue my imagery with dynamic vigor and to that end my subject matter must have provocative elements. The name refers to sharpness and points, and the things depicted here are both sharp and pointed. The spearlike palm fronds evoke the defensive sharpness of nature. The manufactured object, known as a shuriken (Japanese = star fist), is a throwing weapon intended to injure or disable an opponent.



Detail from PUNTIAGUDOS (Sharp Points)

     The natural points are very sharp and an irritating toxin coats the points. The unwary gardener courts danger when working nearby. The martial weaponry may seem unrelated at first consideration, but not in my mind.

     Although the passive defensiveness of nature may seem unconnected to the calculated aggressiveness of human belligerence, I find no strong argument for dissociating the two ideas. Human beings are evolutionary distillations of nature and it only follows that their motives and their behaviors reflect their origins.

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