The piece, “She Came in Through the Window,” by Alexia Scott, brings a unique and refreshing outlook of how to convey what is normally perceived as cliché messages. This piece communicates its meaning of obtaining endless possibilities through unthought-of ways. Do not be surprised by this piece and its small domineer since it artfully packs a lot of meaning into its petite dimensions. It is truly a Napoleonic complex at its best.
When looking at the piece, “She Came in Through the Window,” the first thing that attracts the eye are the three bright colors of the piece, red, green, and blue that complement each other very well. It is not by coincidence that the focus of the piece, the window that reflects the clear blue sky, is also the brightest part. This part in contrast to the once vibrant greens of the window frame and reds of the barn that are now faded which then better showcases the crisp brightness of the blues in the reflection of the window which then becomes symbolic of light.
Another unique aspect of this painting is the unusual perspective the artist chose to convey the main message of the piece. Essentially, it is a photograph that is taken from an outdoor space at ground level, which is supposed to capture a reflection from an indoor confined medium (the window of a presumably enclosed barn) of the sky. This brings a very interesting point of view that is quite artistic, especially considering how this view is commonly conveyed through a straightforward approach of taking a photograph directly of the object.
It is also quite contradictory that the world’s most magnificent; forever continuous space physically, chronologically, and philosophically is expressed through the confines of a series of squires. This serious includes the cornered space of the window frame, the barn, and even as far as the shape of the literal photograph itself. This leaves one to ponder if there is any true way to express the significance of the sky and what some would relate to as the heavens in any tangible art form.
This almost oxymoronic medium of the piece is not the only aspect that is unusual. The uncommon angle perhaps reiterates the unique ways the artist conveys her message that deals with light and possibilities. This angle brings more than refreshing quirkiness to the piece, but also strengthening the message. The angle is looking upwards towards the sky, which conveys better possibilities and a hopeful prospective future.
Even the very setting of the photograph relates to the central theme of this piece. The photograph reinvents and twists one of the most iconic images of America, the bountiful unfolding farmland that spreads across this nation from the Pacific to the Atlantic oceans. This plentiful and seemingly never ending amount of space is a unique aspect that the United States is notorious for and can identify with the same characteristics of the sky.
One can interpret this along with the title, “She Came in Through the Window,” as opportunities that are most commonly coined by the Christian phrase, “When God closes a door he opens a window” Here the focal point of the piece is the window that reflects the clear blue sky that is symbolic of opportunities. Here the closed door of what would have been opportunities is not shown, but is assumed that the partial expressed barn the photograph depicts continues normally as any barn would.
Since God is often symbolized through light, especially light from heaven coming down through the earthly sky, one could also interpret the piece along with the title as heavenly light coming in through the window. The same light that nurtures the crops that most likely surround this barn is the same light that creates or revitalizes ideas, aspirations, and spiritual development. The light that is shining through the window that symbolizes cultivation of the spirit and aspirations is also representing the way in which the window itself replenishes goals and creates solutions. This expression of ideas and concept that is more of a reiteration than oppositional thinking is in sharp contrast to the way in which the oxymoronic way that the endless outdoor upwardly space was conveyed through a tangible confined indoor space at ground level.
Similarly to how we are all individuals of a greater picture, this piece is part of a greater collection of photographs in what is called the “Emotion” series. Most of the other pieces in the collection are tangible forms of expression; a human body conveying messages of thought and emotion through innate body language or more linguistically forms of communications such as photographs of words like, “surge” and “art” that is depicted next to a cross. The piece, “She Came in Through a Window” is only one of two that conveys emotion through theory and without the use of societies most depended upon forms of communication. This furthers the meaning of the piece and the significance of the heavenly sky to discover one’s own possibilities and spiritualities.
The piece, even with its seemingly simplistic form, conveys deep philosophical content through a multitude of symbolism, oxymoronic and reiterated expressions that all fit in the confines of one photograph. Viewing this piece is to view an unfolding exploration of artistic innovation that discovers new photographic subtleties in order to fully express the very concept of ingenuity and opportunities.