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.<;


Critical Essay #2 (Stanton Macdonald-Wright) “Spring Synchromy”


Stanton Macdonald-Wright’s “Spring Synchromy” is a well-known art piece. This piece is a part of an exhibit called “The Artist’s Eye: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Collection.” The exhibit is located at, and founded by Crystal Bridges from November 9, 2013, through February 3, 2014. This piece is within a pink room that showcases many artists who were influenced by both O’Keeffe and Stieglitz. But for this art piece to be placed in the front of the pink room, and the size of it is what caught my attention and captured my heart.

In relation to the fact of how attractive the art piece is because of its stature, it is the colors are what truly kept me in tuned. I am a big component for using hue to its full extent, and in doing so in the purest of manners.  Seeing these colors in “Spring Synchromy” with such bright and radiant glows is magnificent to me. It is what makes the art piece its best in my own personal opinion. Also, the shapes used to place the colors accordingly within the painting is undeniable factor. I find this piece to be accurate in the execution of both color and hue, and shape.

“Spring Synchromy” is an in-motion piece that shows the figure of a woman who is sitting down, standing up, and sitting back down again. This piece by Macdonald-Wright shows the movements made in time, and how quickly it may pass by. But even though it may pass by ever so quickly-the moments made in time can be captured and stilled into one image, and that is exactly what the artist has done here. He has created a moment by combining a series of different moments. He has exposed the movements not seen in just one incident. He made it so the viewers can see many different moments and movement in just one incident. He, more or less, made the impossible a little more possible.

Over all, This piece by Stanton Macdonald-Wright titled “Spring Synchromy” is a masterpiece created through his interpretation of movement and color. Also, he uses shapes to execute the figures shown within the piece. This piece is a great example of exactly what kind of art I aspire to create. Seeing simple yet complex art pieces such as this one gives me inspiration to do the same. It gives me the inspiration to create something that shows simple structures visually but also to create complex and intuitive meanings to show the piece in its true factor.


Macdonald-Wright, Stanton. “Spring Synchromy.”Http:// The Artist’s Eye, Crystal Bridges, n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2013.