Month: September 2018
Incorporating text in an image is challenging in many ways. Size, font, position, legibility, direction, position are some of the considerations in relationship to the figure and ground.The marionettes appear to be in some kind of wrestling or boxing situation. The title is a visual spoof equivalent of that.
Seemingly absurd, these familiar figures……the tools or every art student concerned with drawing the figure, convince the viewer of their human possibilities. Drawn with bold black lines, these little embracing mechanical, manufactured figures seem to dance to their own tempo.
Traditional academic rendering of these embracing puppets highlights the desire for some situations, aspects or feelings to remain timeless and eternal. The title of this work underscores this romantic notion of the ideal. This work was completed on the anniversary of the passing (Yarzheit) of my late husband, Frank. May his soul rest in peace.
Being on board implies that one is of the same mind set and supportive of a plan or proposal. In this case, one puppet is simply trying to climb on the other’s back in a clumsy, disjointed way which is humorous. In reality, it is often the case that one has to lead, whilst others simply climb on.
Figures seemingly out of the Wizard of `Oz, intertwine in a candy floss coloured ground. It appears that they are about to bat a ball. The absurdity of the situation is highlighted by the very ‘British’ title. Interpersonal relationships do not always go according to plan.
Robot like figures show humanity and love, belying their metallic or wooden properties on a romantic pale blue and pink ground.
As the technology of Robots improves, I often wonder how many traditional human activities are going to be replaced.. It is easy to see the application and benefits on repetitive production on the factory floor, so to speak, but how to replace the ‘soft’ aspects of being?
I have cared for an elderly Mum for a few years and understand how a well designed robot would be manufactured to attend to a person’s particular health care needs with success. Importantly, unlike us, a robot would be emotionally stable and consistent. Ideally, this amazing, high-tech robot would never be tired, impatient, inattentive….the list goes on.
Thinking laterally, in the sexual arena, the traditional ‘inflatable doll’ is now being refined into becoming more sophisticated and life like…..creating a Utopian, safe space for inter personal relationships for some enthusiasts of the genre.
Playing with these ideas, my studio artist’s puppets have morphed into Robots and Avatars. Using text, drawing and painting tools I am exploring the potential of a parallel reality that seems more convincing than ours both visually and intellectually.