“Balancing Act” by Artist Martine Johanna

Johanna’s work really reminded me of our discussion of communication models and the way artists convey messages through art. In these pieces, she places females in atypical situations and positions often blurring reality and fantasy with levitating objects to show how women deal with the weight of societal expectations. The use of potential motion with the floating bowling ball and its shadow on the female’s body create a fear of movement. Her stare conveys both understanding and concentration that enable the viewer to feel the tension between her and the ball.

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