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Estrangement of the Heart

...formerly titled: "Hommage à l’anti-Saint-Valentin"


I have so many hearts in my Flickr photostream. (In fact, the Big Heart of Art just hit 100,000 views yesterday!)


Matters of the heart are not always clean and pure and simple. Some are not covered by any Valentine's day card. With this in mind, I created a few images representing less desirable states of the heart that we all get caught up in from time to time.


Need for a New Title


After some insightful comments from you, my flickr friends, I wanted to change the title of this piece to help distinguish:

• the feelings (states of the heart) symbolized here (excluded, isolated, alone)

• the feelings symbolized in the subsequent heart image (trapped, imprisoned, helpless)


I had already decided to name the other piece Prisoner of the Heart, which I thought captured it well. Trying to decide on the right title for this piece, I wanted it to clearly describe and distinguish this piece from the other, while still have a parallel phrasing (since the two images do form a group...)


How I Chose The New Title


I remembered of a Valentine's Day poem I wrote many years ago for my (now late) spouse. Particularly this excerpt:


being apart

that's a splash of cold reality

it's estrangement of the heart

it's the burning of great art!


and Estrangement of the Heart became the obvious title.


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Uploaded on February 14, 2011