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Critical Essay #4 (Agnes Pelton) “Sand Storm”


         This piece by Agnes Pelton is one of my most favorite pieces I have seen in person. The piece is titled, “Sand Storm,” and this piece will always remain close to my heart and behold a place in my mind when I create art myself. This is for multiple reason. For instance, while at Crystal Bridges with just my mother and I, when we both saw the piece we simultaneously gasped in surprise. The striking beauty of the art piece caught us both off guard and put us both in complete awe. 

          For instance, the bright and illuminate colors within the piece are what truly caught my eye and had me in a trance. The art effected me so much that we strongly considered purchasing the piece because it resinated with my mind of art creation. I also desperately wish to create something so vibrant in color and significant in composition. So seeing the piece woke me up to remembering a goal I have set for myself. 

         Everything about this piece is strong and overwhelming. From the color, to the objects within the piece. I just love the rainbow and the flower shaped object that beholds the strongest vibrancy of the piece.  It is very surreal looking and puts me in a dream like trance. Although most of my dreams are no wear near as peaceful and beautiful-I still like to imagine that “Sand Storm” is a dream I would have if I were in the right mind to. The name of the piece, “Sand Storm,” seems almost like a contradiction. Maybe the piece is something similar to the saying, “Silence before the storm.” 

Overall, this piece by Agnes Pelton, “Sand Storm,” is a admirable piece located in Crystal Bridges. I love every aspect of the piece, and maybe that is because I can make my own aspects when viewing the piece. It is so open and free that any viewer may come to their own conclusion about what exactly the piece is. I find art pieces that do such are the most significant art pieces there are. 


“Crystal Bridges Museum Collection.” Crystal Bridges Museum Collection. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2013.<;


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