A label is different from a title. A label is simply a generic identifier. A title is meant to provide meaning beyond flat identification. It is meant to offer context.
Many artists, perhaps even most artists, simply label. The artist intends for the visual imagery to resonate on an emotional level. Text is not part of the artistic expression. In some judged exhibitions, labels/titles are actually removed from the judges’ view so as to not influence the judges’ decision - the quality of the visual art alone, as perceived by the judge or judges, determines its merit.
Titles can seem to create an overt insertion of the artist’s intent into the work, and that insertion can be unwelcomed by many art aficionados. Titles imply an act of storytelling rather than artistic expression, the difference being that one is strongly linguistic and the other strongly visual and subliminal.
I had neither labeled nor titled my work for years and years. When I began exhibiting regularly, my good friends at Capital Arts began encouraging me to label or title my work. (Otherwise, they would have all simply gone on the wall as “Untitled”). This opened up a new level of expression for me that I dearly love. Prose is, after all, my first creative love, while photography was simply a sidebar. That, over time, the opposite has proved to be the correct prioritization is beside the point. Nonetheless, I am very linguistic by nature and I try very hard to give each work a title - almost always a title and not a label – that contributes to the art. For me the act of taking a completed work and engaging in storytelling by giving that work a title has been irresistible.
In this work, I wanted to emphasize the sense of power and femininity, the strong and independent female protagonist suggested by the imagery. The calm beauty and grace unperturbed, perhaps even orchestrating and controlling, the chaos surrounding her as she goes about her work. This work is named for my amazing wife.
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.