The Experiment: Interpretations

The Space between
Posted on: September 4th, 2011 by Jared Robinson

Alright, so what i love about art is that it is subjective.
Many can look at a painting, and each may pull something different out of it:

Some may look at it, like the colors and move on.
Some may stare at it for hours, seeing more than just shapes and composition.
Some may look at it many times, and pull something different out every time.
Some may not see any meaning in it.
Some may feel vulnerable sharing their interpretations.
Some may like it, some may not.
Some cant decipher it, and will want an explanation.
Some may think there can only be one explanation.
Some will disagree with another’s interpretation.
Some will appreciate it more once there is meaning.


So, I Put the question out there “What do you see?”/ Here are a few responses:

“my first reaction was that it’s about the divide that man makes through technology and progress, but after looking at it for awhile, you can’t tell if the machine is digging or filling. so what i think is that it’s filling the chasm that divides it from higher ground (because it could not reach the bottom, so it can’t be digging right?) regardless of whether IT’S digging… I dig!” (M.E.)

“Perhaps I am taking my wall down and throwing the waste of it into the chasm so I can meet you on your terms.” (L.Y.)

“I would say this speaks to the advancements man has made in terms of developing land and building but while doing this, we are possibly digging a divide too large for us to even fathom – we are irreparably separating ourselves from the earth and we can’t even see where this ends.” (J.R.)

“It kinds of reminds me of people who are searching, and instead of looking to Jesus, they just keep digging or searching in all the wrong places.” (R.M.)

“Jamaca de Dios after the next major quake.” (L.B.)

“I see plywood, tractor, & two shades of green.” (D.G)

“The machine represents man. The green is nature. The hole has no bottom. No matter what tool we use on our own to fill our emptiness, we will never be satisfied.” (M.M.)

“I thinks it talks about giving. The background is the world showing it’s state of just existing.The right side are the new Christians that are still young and fragile.The left side are the older christians pouring out of themselves in prayer and whatever it takes to build the up the younger in the things of God.” (E.P.)

“it’s from the perspective of humans. we just see flat green. we don’t see the detail of the life that happens below the surface. i love that you chose a bottomless chasm. it shows how deep the destruction goes. it is not something we can see the end of. it’s the world we are re-shaping. for humans, by humans. our creation is replacing God’s.” (M.E.)

“Has man chosen to separate himself from the “higher ground” I wonder? Thinking: “Look how clever I am with my machine! I’ll create a divide in order to build my own empire.” (M.W.)

“I see man’s unquenchable thirst for exploration. It is nearly impossible for humans to cease their desire to explore and understand the world. We have academics that dedicate their life to try and understand how the world works and it is a quality that is most certainly innate in children. Exploration, however defined, often destroys the very nature of that which is being explored. It is as though human beings have a selfish, insatiable need to explore and understand who we are, why we are here, and what this thing called earth is.” (M.R.)

“It kind of reminds me of work and that makes me nervous for some reason. When the big earthmovers come on site I feel kind of sick inside because I’ve helped to destroy something natural. As beautiful as the end result may be, there is death of something raw and fresh.” (K.R.)

“This painting illistrates the downfall of mankind…. ambition. The hill on the left realized that he was different than the individual on the right, demonstrated by the different colors of the two hills. In an attempt to fill the gap between himself and the “superior” individual, he compromised certain parts of himself. By filling the hole with parts of himself, he has become smaller as he has made compromises that he thought would make him equal to the other individual.” (R.P.)


I love it. Subjective. We all interpret life differently as we are all viewing from different standpoints. I think it is important to value and appreciate others regardless of how different they are from ourselves. The idea I had for this painting was similar to some of these interpretations, and quite different from others. That said, I really do appreciate the different perspectives and viewpoints taken with this experiment. The idea I painted from was this:

“We are constantly in relationships: with people, with ideas, with circumstances. Action or inaction, we are always widening or lessening the gap within those relationships.” (Jared Robinson)