If you are a contemplative, thoughtful person, you have probably been told something like this, more than once:
“Wow. You’re really quiet, You must be shy, because you don’t talk much.”
For some reason, in our mass-media-soaked society of prating, bobbing, babbling heads, it’s apparently not rude to make a pointed, public, personal observation about a person who does not choose to fill the room with the sound of their own voice.
We praise and value the “extrovert,” the “people person” as someone who is enviable because they always have something to say, even when they (quite often) don’t.
And yet it is the person who observes the situation, who listens and considers, who weighs their words before they speak them, who is generally more worth listening to.
The artwork, Taking Time, celebrates such a person. A young woman leans gently back, her hands lightly clasped over her head, her eyes gazing forward into the depths of her thoughts. Her head is tilted, and while her face reflects intense concentration, it is also relaxed. She is deeply thinking but not hurriedly so. She allows the soft movement of her body to reflect the quiet flow of her thoughts.
There is a confidence and grace to her stance, the poise of a dancer, that derives from the confidence and grace residing within her. She is not someone easily persuaded, swayed, pushed, influenced, manipulated. Because she thinks.
In today’s world, more than ever, it is imperative that we think – that we seek out and take the time, silence, and calm that such thinking requires, and that we not be impelled to assent, to agree, to nod our head, to acquiesce, to jump into a conversation simply because someone else is impatiently standing by, tapping their foot.
There’s always time to think. We just have to be willing to take it.
Featured in 24 Fine Art America groups, including 1000 Views.
Selected as the Social Commentary of the Week for the Fine Art America group, Our World Gallery, April 2021.
March 30th, 2021
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