Brightly coloured, simple geometric rectangular shapes have a textured surface reminiscent of the body and not flat colour field work which they seems to reference. The title amusingly questions the ‘expert’ eye which sets the way an image should be viewed. The apparent ease of production is a deception because these small intimate paintings actually evolve over a couple of months.
Category: Completed Work
FRESH. 2018. Oil on Canvas. 50x50cm
In eliminating iconographic references and exploring simple geometric shapes, I revisit the value of colour and surface for the sheer joy of painting. Text/language is often a play on words, as in this case.
The cheerful pink, textured background and quick, decisive black lines defining the figures create the potential for mischief as suggested by title.
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.