In Sea Change, Agnes Pelton painted wave forms that might represent water as well as the movement of the sky above. Writing in her journal, she described the color blue in this work as spiritual and connected to the stars. Pelton believed that art communicates the energies of both the seen and unseen world through color, which acts like a “voice” or a “vibration,” filling the viewer’s consciousness. How would you describe this painting in words?
Write the words you think of on separate pieces of white or colored paper. Arrange your words to create an imaginative poem. Tape them to a sheet of paper. Perform this poem for your family!
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Agnes Pelton, Sea Change, 1931. Oil on canvas, overall: 20 1/8 × 28 3/8in. (51.1 × 72.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Lois and Irvin Cohen 99.64