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Figures

Gustlin’s abstracted figures present nonverbal language leaving the viewer to experience the painting, gathering their own information. The etymology of figurative painting is gathered through body language. The gestures of the form or expressions of the face convey meaning, emotions, and thoughts. With abstracted figures, it is up to the viewer to define the meaning of the space. If a face is put on the body, people are drawn more to the face, instead, Gustlin wants the viewer to pull back and view more of what is happening with the body in the space of the canvas. The same can be said about the nude figure because clothing ties a figure to a style or specific time-period. The body poses are meant to be thought-provoking and inspirational, creating different viewer experiences.