Oil, acrylic and household paint on canvas. 97 x 97cm
"A playfully over-sized and kitsch ceramic doe stands in the foreground of a surreal imaginary landscape which floats like molten mercury upon a silver sea. We, the viewer, meet her innocent gaze before we notice her two fawns lying camouflaged at her front hooves. The still-foreboding presence of the brutalist form of an eroding German bunker towers above, behind this family trio to somewhat overshadow an otherwise quintessentially saccharine scene.
My use of ceramic ornaments has been inspired by my childhood intrigue of my Nana’s ‘displayed’ collectables. My placing of ceramics with redundant architecture of war (from my childhood playground) further undermines it’s intended wartime purpose, and metaphorically oppression in general. I am interested in the similarities; man-made artificiality: material-mixed, poured and cast fabrication as well as their contrasts; fragility v strength, tiny v colossal, smooth v coarse, shiny v dull, colourful v colourless, ornamentation – to collect and display (keep) v defence – to be hidden and kill (take away).
I have combined various painting mediums, processes, techniques and finishes because I like to both enhance and disrupt the visual dialogue and painterly narrative that occurs between the compositional elements and our subconscious."
2017 - 2019
Hand-signed by artist
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