|Heart On A Stick, 2014, tempera paint on paper|
What it is: This is one of my son's creations. It is a painting of a heart with an arrow going through it. The dots on the bottom of the page are drops of blood. He said the brown blot at the top of the painting is more blood, as is the red blot at the bottom (more about that bottom blot in a minute).
|The heart sculpture outside of the|
Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver
This sculpture has led my family to have deep conversations about the following topics:
1. Classic tattoos
5. The nature of art
6. How things rotate
As I mentioned above, my son said he was not thinking about the sculpture when he painted his heart. As a psychologist, I have my suspicions--I think it was somewhere in his unconscious when he was painting.
What you thought it was: This painting has a strong form demand. In Rorschach terms, that means when you look at it, you can discern what it is supposed to be without putting too much mental effort into it. I was wondering if the strong form of the heart would limit your responses. As suspected, most of you saw it for what it was:
@mwachtel a heart with silver arrow through it and smiley face. The marks on top and bottom unsure, red dots are blood coming from heart?
— katrina grayson (@trinabobbles) March 14, 2014
A number of you added Valentine's Day to the mix, stretching the limits of the heart form and adding context to your responses:
Little Known Fact: Cupid, first, experimented with mud clods RT @mwachtel #FridayRorschach: What might this be? pic.twitter.com/2TmVW6IYRH
— Dustin P. (@DPumpWORD) March 14, 2014
@mwachtel The classic firework, valentine, smiley face combo.
— Michael Cumpton (@mccumpton) March 14, 2014
Most of you thought it had positive emotions associated with it (most likely because of the smiley face):
@mwachtel protected heart ♡ #FridayRorschach
— Deb Van R. (@JerseyQueen2) March 14, 2014
@mwachtel it might be a heart with someone hugging another within it. :)
— Denee Richardson (@RichDenee) March 14, 2014
At least one of you saw negativity, however:
@mwachtel Sorry, but I see heartache, sorrow...
— Núria Bosch (@kundiga) March 14, 2014
Ripping a real heart out of a fake heart. @mwachtel
— Willow (@wshemp) March 14, 2014
And then there was the poop (this was a surprise to me):
@mwachtel Happy, bleeding heart. But with poop.
— Derek S (@DerekActual) March 14, 2014
. @mwachtel It's the dreaded "This is the love you THINK you want" Supervillian. True Love is pooping on it.
— Ellen Mandeville (@EllenMandeville) March 14, 2014
Most people who used the brown color tended to interpret it as chocolate:
@mwachtel Valentines Day themed decor. Heart-shaped candle, petals, and a piece of chocolate!
— Destinee Siebe (@DestBassoonist) March 14, 2014
@mwachtel A heart made very happy by chocolate sauce!
— Unfriendly Neighbor (@UnfriendlyNbr) March 14, 2014
This was the first week where someone rotated the picture before responding. In the Rorschach, it is perfectly acceptable to rotate the inkblot and see different images depending on your vantage point. It is harder to rotate a Twitter image since you are not physically holding it, though:
|I don't see a sunset. Do you?|
RT @smitmarv: When I look at it sideways it looks like a landscape at sunset. #FridayRorschach
— Dr. Max Wachtel (@mwachtel) March 14, 2014
Every week, at least one person sees a superhero:
@mwachtel Superman's cape after a love tryst gone awry.
— Janet Sasson Edgette (@janetedgette) March 14, 2014
As I am the only person on the planet who has not seen Avatar, I needed to look this one up:
@mwachtel This #FridayRorschach is Toruk Makto!!!
— fmoscoso (@fmoscoso) March 14, 2014
I also needed to look up Tacitus:
@mwachtel The first vibrant rebirth of the Phoenix, complete with nimbus as described by Tacitus #FridayRorschach
— Bret Higgins (@DeadBeatBert) March 14, 2014
And my personal favorite for the week (I was singing Bon Jovi all weekend):
@mwachtel Album cover for "Shot Through The Heart"
— Sage Autumn (@sageautumn) March 14, 2014
|detail of the lower, left-center "house"|
The house. There is very clearly a house at the bottom of the painting, although no one noticed it. This is possibly due to the fact that there is a huge heart crushing the house under its weight.
One last thought: One person actually saw a tattoo in the painting:
@mwachtel A shoulder and forearm with a happy face tattoo!
— Big Swede (@litebeernut) March 14, 2014
Thanks for reading-- Max Wachtel, Ph.D.
Friday Rorschach is a fun project designed to engage readers' creativity. To participate, follow Max on twitter. He posts the drawing every Friday morning around 10am ET/8am MT. There are no wrong answers to the Friday Rorschach.