Avoid common trends. Stand out amidst the normal. Highlight relationships with all the details – the anger, love, good, bad, and joys – included.
Kenneth Agnello creates with the previous idea in mind. She strives to follow social and economical commentary indirectly by creating art on families and relationships that spring from families. Some of her paintings including Interlocked Family, Macabre Setting for Disjointed Family Expectations, and Translucent Fragments of a Broken Family all demonstrate her reason to create.
In Interlocked Family, there are family members crowded together in an embrace, very much so interlocked. However, despite their closeness, the expressions on each of their faces depict a miserable lifestyle. They struggle for air in the cramped space.
As for Macabre Setting for Disjointed Family Expectations, family members flee to different directions of the canvas. The two figures in the middle are based on two sister figures, who are depictions of emotional and physical stress with their worried and discolored faces. The little boy locked in the mother’s arms has a hand extended towards his sister as his mother tears him apart.
Agnello's piece Translucent Fragments of a Broken Family portrays the idea that families are like glass. They can break in an instant if not less, though they are constantly strung together because of their familial bond.
“Isolated but never really alone, yearning yet stifled, and overdone with questions blocked by mis-communication,” said Agnello, “each member meanders through a cloud of paint, applied with dry brush in ghostly swirls, creating an effect of prismatic color stains.”
Coming from a background of hardship and having a passion for portraying relationships, Angello hopes to relate to his audience and tell his story of many decades through his canvas oil paintings.
“Will I be seen as both an artist and person… championed for speaking-out about personal traumas which cross all living people... while avoiding the delight of pretty details that best serve only shallow detached minds? Or am I to be perceived as just an angry fool, a cry-baby who used visual art to release some kind of mental torment, or catharsis?”
Agnello questions his reasoning for art but at the end of the day states that his motive is to, “Paint it like you meant it.”