I’ve been inspired by many things in making this piece before taking a family trip to visit my grandparents in Poland. As I am very interested in the conflicting relationship with nature, this was the focus of my piece for this project. As I saw Simon Evans make pieces by overlaying newspaper, I did something similar. I created a ‘garbage’ background to landscapes that are intertwined with human lives. I have a small history of involving newsprint in my pieces and shows, and continued this trend. When I saw the rectangular wood panels I was able to use (without an additional cost!) I couldn’t help be reminded by Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights painting. And so, I decided to goo off of that – how odd it is that sometimes people enjoy nature, and other times reject and try to kill it. A hand out stretched, like the hand in ‘The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo, towards a butterfly, an insect, while also stomping on a beetle (which is also an insect) Both of these action people have done, and yet we seem to not be questioning this dual ‘personality’ or approach we have towards nature. This is an interesting theme, and it was great fun painting these figures to create a busy painting.
Originally, I planned to create more small paintings separating the two top main pieces, but because of the lack of time I had I was content having a small rectangular piece picturing two trashcans and birds eating from them – almost an ‘introduction’ to the bottom piece. I considered leaving it out, but it creates more volume and perhaps more depth; and its something I will consider changing in the future.
Thank you so much for reading this post, and I am excited to show future pieces with you all. ♥
Hare are are a few progress pictures: