Many different influences helped shape my body of work. I was Inspired by the art movements expressionism and surrealism, artists such as Erst Ludwig Kirchner, Yves Tanguy, Edvard Munch, Helena, Wierzbicki. I used inspiration from my life and from people who I have looked up to throughout my life to help shape some of the themes in my art. Starting in Unit 3 with the ideas of choices and decisions amongst our community and how they affect our everyday lives, I somewhat flipped this in my Unit 4 work, to try and understand and empathise for those in the community who struggle from even having their decisions and opinions heard.
I worked with paint initially. My painting style was free flowing, I let my brush do whatever it wanted. The result was an expressionist style with brush strokes flowing across the canvas. I incorporated mirrors into the painting and the small brush strokes were to represent the ‘mosaic of a person’. I then started working with mosaic for Unit 4. The Mosaic technique was completely new to me. Something about the broken ceramic tiles attracts me. Bringing something broken back together again to form a new picture is truly fascinating.
Acrylic on canvas
‘Inner Cards’ is a representation of society’s life’s decisions and how they affect our happiness. I explored why the world wears ‘masks’ to hide their emotions and decides to act one way instead of showing how they really feel. I found myself often asking questions to myself on why things are the way they are which helped me find a personal connection to the topic. I wanted to make it clear that when you looked at the painting there was a way it could look back at you and make you ask the questions I asked myself through this art process. Do I wear a mask? Am I happy? Am I making the correct decisions and choices in my life? I did this by implementing a mirror as the eyes on both figures. When you stare at my painting you become apart of it. The main emphasis of the work is in the two women looking at each other diagonally. They both have a similar style of brush strokes but different colour pallets. The woman in the top right represents someone’s persona and how they seem to be fine when really they feel like the woman on the bottom left, Dark, cold and sad.
How far you reach
mosaic on wooden base
“How far you reach” is a symbol for those in the world who are consistently being denied by the people above them. It represents those in the community who strive for the highest but are consistently knocked back by things out of their control. Drawing inspiration from unit 3 in the way that I looked at choices and decisions amongst our community and how they affect our everyday lives. In unit 4 I somewhat flipped this to try and understand and empathise for those in the community who struggle from even having there decisions and opinions heard. Bringing something broken back together again to form a new picture is truly fascinating. That is what I tried to create with one hand reaching out for help and another denying it. The reaching hand is located below the hand blocking to represent its constant battle to be heard. It is that feeling of being below someone who has more power than you. The yellow stands for the feeling that you might be making a change and that there could be a chance at getting out. However, the black above shines straight back down continuing a viscous cycle of disappointment and frustration. The flow in the colour schemes shows how the darkest of moments can transcend into the light. But even the lightest of moments can have trickles of darkness within. This is shown through my grey and black ceramic tiles and the white and green tiles with hints of grey.