Obviously, this painting is visually very complex. The first thing I noticed was my brain’s tendency to try to find recognizable shapes and letters, which is understandable, given that the human brain is adept at finding patterns in chaos (though this is not always a beneficial tendency). I “saw” a hand reaching in from the top right of the painting, which immediately reminded me of Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, and subsequently began to speculate as to whether the hand is symbolic. Perhaps, I pondered, it is analogous to God creating the Earth out of nothing. I don’t know. The objective of abstract art is to allow the viewer to create his own interpretation of the piece — each person’s experience differs.
To me, the gist of what the speaker in “Number 1 by Jackson Pollock (1948)” is saying is that abstract art can be just as profound and inspiring as literature. The speaker articulates this idea when she says, “No similes here. Nothing/ But paint.” Furthermore, abstract art not only has the capacity to stimulate unique connections between ideas, but also to generate new ideas altogether. This is quite clear in the final lines of the poem, in which the speaker states, “How to realize his question/ Let alone his answer?” I absolutely agree with the speaker in the poem: I appreciate and seek to better understand the importance of all art forms. If only more people were willing to look beyond the seemingly random brushstrokes of a painting such as this in order to reveal a deeper significance within it — within themselves.