Monday, November 17, 2008


I have been searching for an art term for my stitching pieces. I have been at this, cerebrally for some time now. This evening, I decided to do some research. As far as I can tell my stitching art falls under the category of Expressionism. In reading about Expressionism, I found some words interesting and here is what I came up with.

Expressionism is the tendency of an artist to distort reality for an emotional effect; it is a subjective art form. Expressionism is exhibited in many art forms. The term often implies emotional angst. The term is applied mainly to 20th century works.
Angst is a German word for fear or anxiety. It is used in English to describe an intense feeling of strife. The term Angst distinguishes itself from the word Furcht (German for "fear") in that Furcht usually refers to a material threat (arranged fear), while Angst is usually a non directional emotion.
It is pre-cognate with the Latin angustia, "tensity, tightness" and angor, "choking, clogging"; compare to the Greek "άγχος" (ankhos): stress.
Anxiety is a physiological and psychological state characterized by cognitive, somatic,emotional, and behavioral components. These components combine to create the painful feelings that are typically recognized as uneasiness, apprehension, or worry. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It may help a person to deal with a difficult situation, for example at work or at school, by prompting one to cope with it. When anxiety becomes excessive, it may fall under the classification of an anxiety disorder. Anxiety generally occurs without an identifiable triggering stimulus. As such, it is distinguished from fear, which occurs in the presence of an external threat. Additionally, fear is related to the specific behaviors of escape and avoidance, whereas anxiety is the result of threats that are perceived to be uncontrollable or unavoidable.
The above piece is: "4 seasons 2" bookmark. K~


bobbione8y said...

how the heck did we get from expressionism to anxiety in one short move?!!

:) love the bookmark.

K~ said...

I know. I was wierd. Angst lead me to the it's definition and that had the description of anxiety. odd. K~