Thursday, September 13, 2012

first few works of the semester

Oil on stretched black paper with pumice ground. 10 x 10 inches

I started working on this type of imagery after reading the fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Rand was inspired by architects like Frank Lloyd wright, who created designs to fit the human lifestyle while at the same time growing out of their environment as if they were always meant to be there. The hero of the story spends his whole life fig
hting ideas of traditional or fashionable architecture. The novel calls for an end to relying on our ancestors and ideas of the past, and instead attempts to inspire us to believe in our own individual ideas and pursue our own interests.

Here I sought to reveal the cold and emptiness of these architectural motifs and their hidden brittle nature - we can break through the old walls and build our own.

Oil on canvas with pumice ground, 10 x 10 inches

This piece may look like a small slab of concrete, but it is light as a feather and hangs on the wall by a single nail. In my multi level painting class we are working on small canvases with different materials and grounds and creating different textural effects. After working with these for a little while now, I am inspired to create a series of gray paintings.

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