A Landscape of the idea and the Idea of a Landscape.
I am very happy with how this piece turned out. I think it was successful in creating a fragmented, dream like atmosphere through style in which it is painted and the three different segments of cloth, not stretched, but left to hang and look torn. this could also echo how we process and remember memories. We remember parts but not necessarily correctly or the complete story. The imagery was inspired by my home town, the Forest of Dean. The painting style in this piece was slightly different to past exhibition pieces. This one appeared much more illustrative and something you might find in a fairy tale book. The fabric in this piece still very much became part of the work as well, still thinking back to the work of Sigmar polke. This can be seen through using the layers of fabric to for the background of the image but also parts to form tree trunks. The different layers encompass the paint, the fabric, but also the wall and the marks left on it, showing process of making and parts of the image coming forward and going back. The stitching of the cloth is a very traditional technique, which I think brings a very handmade feel to the piece, adding to the personal element. The bumble bee pins to hold up the painting are a novelty and could be seen as sarcastic. They emphasise the coming together of different worlds to create something that is fantasy. The nature of Themis clearly something you wouldn’t find in the landscape depicted as they are very cartoon looking. Some initial reactions to the bees was that they could be flying away with the painting. How far do we believe the fantasy image that is being presented in front of us? I chose to title this piece to add a further narrative to the work.
This piece has informed my ideas for what to do for the final exhibition piece. Although I am very happy with this piece, painting a tree landscape is very much within my comfort zone so would want to branch out a bit more. Using the fabric as the ‘canvas’ and fragmenting it however isn’t, so this is something I want to explore further. First initial thoughts are to bring the fabric out of the wall even further and possibly use to form sculptures that have a relationship to the painting.