During my studies in Aesthetics, I couldn't avoid getting acquainted with the thoughts of Clive Bell. His theory that unique aesthetic emotion exists, apart from those emotions evoked by an object, was one of those things that stuck with me. And I have, on many occasions, experienced an emotional response to certain "forms and relations of forms" which Bell called "significant form".
But philosophical perspectives aside, my emotional responses are more often triggered by a tune or a photograph that gives me pleasure through a personal association. One sure-fire bet is artwork produced by children, and the free representation of the world they see.
Speckly Woo recently created this charming self-portrait. An image of herself, by herself, sitting next to an unidentified tree, in bloom.
The twins are also flexing their little artistic muscles. When children first make their literal marks on the world, in form and colour, we are witnessing something truly special.