Martin Agnes and the Anthropocene

When listening to John Green’s podcast about Martin Agnes and his adventures with the Anthropocene, I couldn’t help but notice how much human traits and emotions were used in her paintings. The podcast starts off with Martin Agnes and her relationship with her mother. We could all say that this was the reason that Agnes started to paint with so much emotion. The next thing I wanted to mention was the innocence found in her paintings. Innocence is another human trait that is popular among works. Many artists tried to depict innocence with symbols, but innocence does not have such a thing. When John Green saw her painting of the tree, he could not help but notice the innocence. I believe that Martin Agnes’ use of innocence can be related back to her childhood days with her mother. At the time, Agnes was innocent towards the world and how her mother treated her. This innocence was later depicted as her painting of the tree, which she considers her first success.

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