FRIDAY 16th & SATURDAY 17th DECEMBER 2022
So... I had the last class with my lovely students a couple of weeks ago. Oh, it has been great watching them all develop their confidence and expression, but now it's time to part - I need to have my studio to myself to move my own work on.
I like to work thematically, often in paint, or other mixed media or charcol, but I like making little videos and also time based pieces.
For a few years now, I have been developing my "Aquarium of Dreams" project. Gathering ideas and filming pieces. It's going to be an immersive experience... and of course I will try it out in the studio.
I also hold little pop up gigs there from time to time. So, I decided to paint the studio walls black.
No going back...
It feels like being in a charcol drawing or an Anselm Kiefer painting.
This was how we set it up last time...
I'll let you know how it all progresses.
This is it now!
The painting had been in the cupboard all year and it niggled away in my brain..
While it was very lovely and etherial, it wasn't really what I had intended; it didn't have the emotion I wanted.
The reworking begain... Oooo I was brutal. Though I did like some of the various experiments inbetween.
I have still been working on the gaze between model and artist.
Also, how the invisable space around us is displaced as we move through it.
Talking Head, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm
Looking At You Looking At Me, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm
Grey Dress, oil on canvas 50 x 100 cm
Black Space Moving, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm
Space Moving, oil on canvas, 50 x 100cm
White Space Moving, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm
Red Socks, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm
Something Unknown Encroaches, oil on canvas, 40 x 120 cm
Alice Through The Lap Top, oil on canvas, 40 x 70 cm
I have been working on this, The Fates - Pandemic. It's very large, 130cm x 170cm. Oil on canvas with mixed media, (plaster and thread).
Consistently portrayed as three women spinners, each of the three Fates had a different task, revealed by her very name: Clotho (the Spinner), spun the thread of life, Lachesis (the Alloter), measured its allotted length, and Atropos (the Inflexible) cut it off with her shears. Sometimes, each of the Fates was assigned to a specific period of time: More details here. https://www.greekmythology.com/Other_Gods/The_Fates/the_fates.html
I have also loosly incorperated the elements, fire(Clotho), Earth (Lachesis) and Water (Atropos).
This very large painting is a development of a piece I made last year, (isolation; emotional toll,)
I used the same image and flipped it, which created a different feeling in the viewer. It is a very large canvas but the figure is the same size as in the previous piece. The figure and background are quite thickly painted and there are areas of texture which is to represent the fabric or the painting, and the world being riped and torn but more of the same is revealed.