Theart works of Dali Higa have always had some kind of attachment thatclearly connects to my background. Born and raised in US, I canclearly connect with the paintings of Dali Higa. The paintings fullof color and descriptive picture clearly portrays a strong connectionbetween human and nature. It is as if the pictures can describe thehappenings in my backyard. I came across this painting in theCalifornia Museum of Fine Art a fortnight ago and developed interestin it. The picture portrays two ladies who are involved in somemanual work or labor. They must be in a farm doing some harvesting asshown by the basket in the background.
From,the work of Dali Higa, there is a component that distinguishes herfrom other artists and this is color. The picture is saturated withdifferent colors including red, bright blue, yellow, and greens. Thecontrast that the picture creates is eye catching. The colors entaillots of meaning and give more detail about the picture hence unifyingand intensifying the work as a whole (Russell & Milne, 1997). Thework is successfully portrayed as hybrid as it tends to borrow fromdifferent culture at least looking at the activities that the womenare undertaking as well as their clothing.
Fromthe picture, there are two ladies who are bending. In the bendingposition, they are planting some items from the surface. These seemto be women who are planting. Looking at the ground or surface, itappears to reflect their images. This means that the surface is watersurface. Then this leads to the question that what could the ladiesbe planting in water? Definitely the ladies must be planting rice.The lady on the extreme right appears to carry some bundles of cropsor plants in her hand. This is the rice that she is planting.Additionally, there is some kind of basket or tin that appears tofloat in water surface owing to its slanting position on watersurface.
Thepicture of the two women is a denotation of life in this area.Usually, women are known to be bearers of life, indeed bearers ofcolor. The women in this painting are iconic imagery of the localrural based women as depicted by their mode of dressing and theexotic beauty that they tend to show at least from the paintings(Russell & Milne, 1997). The women in this picture aretraditionally bearers of motherhood responsibility as indicated inthe picture. They are working hard to enable them fend for theirfamilies. They involve themselves in hard jobs in the fields and thisis part of their household duties. The strength of these women can besaid to almost be incredible as their beauty.
Apartfrom the women in the picture, the rest part of the picture isdominated by nature as shown by the surface and the background. Thisis an emphasis and an indication that indeed nature is a significantpart of the daily life of human beings. Nature usually has impacts onthe daily lives of families and Dali Higa truly knows this.
Lookingat this painting, there seems to be quiet yet happy connotation withlittle or no disturbance to the individuals. The women seem to goabout their duties unperturbed thus a little bit more upbeat than howthe reality paints the world. The technique that Dali Higa appears toportray in this picture is one of naivety (Russell & Milne,1997). The painting depicts how naively the women view theirsurroundings. This is further reinforced by the use of blue andyellow bright colors that is indicative of positive outlook, oftentreated as too positive (Csikszentmihalyi, 1990). This is other wordscan be described as fantasy of reality, and should be a hope of whatcould be. Thus, although there could be challenges that a countryfaces like war and poverty, such a rich painting makes us forget whatcould be the reality and at least smile and appreciate life(Csikszentmihalyi,1990). The tin that appears on the surface is empty and thistranslates to the hard work that the women have put in and arecompleting their work.
Thereis a sense of heavy clothing by women as portrayed by the type ofclothes that they are putting on. This could allude that it is coldor rainy season hence affirm the idea that it is planting season andthat the labor work in which they are involved in is planting. Theyare wrapped in heavy clothing so as to keep warm during the cold andwet season that characterizes the planting season.
Thebowl or tin next to women is empty and it would affirm that they havealready sowed all the seeds that they have except for what is carriedby the women in the right side. They have sowed the seeds and theywill be waiting for the reaping period. The emptiness of the bowl ortin is also indicative of the trust in which the women have on theirlabor work and ultimately belives that they will have yield at theend of the season.
CaliforniaMuseum Fine of Art Homepage. Retrieved fromhttp://www.californiamuseumoffineart.com/#!dalihiga/c4kton 4th May, 2015.
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Russell,P. A., & Milne, S. (1997). Meaningfulness and hedonic value ofpaintings: Effects of titles. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 15(1),61-73.