Thus, Barwell Presents Her Own Sentence Schemata, Arguing

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Thus, Barwell presents her own sentence schemata, arguing that sentence schema 1-4 are meant to be understood as the following: “This artwork is well suited to be a product of an expression of E-ness” The recognition of expressive qualities within an art piece – whether it be features of a face in a painting, gestures of a thespian during a theatrical performance, or the timbre of a guitar at a concert – are able to be used by the audience member for their own purposes. Barwell argues that the audience seeks a particular emotion from within themselves while engaging in an esthetic experience. For example, she says, “If I want to express a feeling…which is somber, serene, and mystical, I might find that Mark Rothko’s huge abstracts in the…show more content…
Similar to the audience-centered theory, Barwell is concerned with the emotional expression of the audience. However, she is interested in how the audience can use the expressive qualities in the work, whereas the audience-centered theory is primarily interested in the pure emotional reactions of the audience members. In this regard, it can be said that Barwell’s insight is unique. I would argue that this difference in her theory compared to the audience-centered do not render her argument to be superior. Instead, her theory is approaching the concept of audience interaction with emotionally expressive art from a different angle. She incorporates the properties of the art piece itself into her theory, while the audience-theory does not. With that being said, I would argue that her theory proves to be more nuanced than the audience-centered theory. Barwell incorporates two aspects – the properties of the piece and the audience – into her theory, whereas previously established theories focused upon only one aspect (the properties of the piece, the emotions of the audience, or the emotions of the artist). Additionally, I would argue that her theory is more accessible than the previously established, aforementioned theories. While these other theories are interested in mere emotional reactions, Barwell augments her rhetoric by making it applicable, especially to the audience. Because Barwell is interested in how the audience can

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