“Paint the town white” mixed media art series (2012) nww

“When I am in a painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It is only after a sort of ‘get acquainted’ period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc, because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.” Jackson Pollock

As it rained on Australia day, i decided to draw inspiration from the Canada trip and create a mixed media artwork using the photos i took in Canada. As a designer with an art history background i decided to draw inspirations from my favourite artists who include Jackson Pollock because of his “psychic automatism” (action painting subconsciously) when it came to the concept of his Abstract Expressionist paintings and also Robert Rauschenberg who rejected “Abstract Expressionism” because of his angst over the seriousness of the style- so he developed his own style which was an abstract movement which involved using unlikely materials and combining them together which can clearly be seen in this artwork. I decided to use photos as my medium than use acrylic paint to create abstract brush formations to create an unidirectional layer over the top of the photos, followed by plaster. I also used as Pollock did in his artworks pocket items like Canadian coins and my flight tickets.

The concept behind the artwork is based on the memories of my stay in Calgary and the combination of the road trips and scenery which is symbolised through the colour “white” which in abstract expressionism generally means “purity” which is the feeling i felt when it snowed. I have also included my friends in Calgary to remember the exciting times i had with them whilst i was there.
The directions of the paint and plaster is unpredictable and it almost reminds of the snow as it was carved up by snow boarders and skiers down the mountains of the ski resorts.

When looking at the artwork from afar as a series of four each square works well together because of its unpreditable nature. Its not until you look closely at the detail that you can notice the photos and other media which make up the artwork which is what i love about this piece.

Ive decided to feature this artwork on my white bedroom wall which you can clearly see when you step into my room.

Since year 12, i havent attempted doing any artwork which involves mixed media so i guess it means i am finding my creativity roots again which is rewarding.


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