Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Weight of the Monetary Provider

I call this photograph 'The Weight of the Monetary Provider". I noticed this image this morning while doing yoga. What caught my attention was the way the heal is worn out as well as the toes of the shoe. It reminded me that women in the 21st century are not the only ones who carry a large weight of responsibility. So do the monetary providers within the family unit. Granted some providers are women, while others are not. In our family my husband bares the larger financial burden. This too should be recognized.

Empty Nest Investigation #2: My Daughters' Rooms

So  this is 'Empty Nest Investigation #2: My Daughters' Rooms. Like #1 it is mixed media including oil paint and found objects from my daughters' rooms and play area in the basement. The idea behind this experiment is that technically if I were to build a nest it would be made out of objects that relate to my children as the 'nest' concept has to do with building a home. So I gathered materials/objects that I found on the floors of my girls rooms and their play area and attempted to create a nest out of them. The environment around the figure and the nest is representative of the girls rooms, i.e. the walls in their rooms. Tess' favorite color is purple, while Bella's is pink. I'm not as keen on the painting quality of this experiment (I think #1 was a better painting) but the concept of using materials from my house specific to my girls is interesting and worth investigating further. This exploration continues to fall under the over arching umbrella of "The Weight of Femininity."

Monday, June 24, 2013

Empty Nest #1: Angry Bird

"Empty Nest"#1: Angry Bird is a preliminary study for a larger painting. This painting is 6 x 8 inches and is mixed media including: oil paint, sticks, straw from an actual birds nest, moss, leaves, feathers and dog hair. This is a continuation of my investigation regarding the 'weight of femininity'. This image symbolizes the time in a woman's life when her children have grown and moved away. The nest on the head represents this thought weighing on the mother's mind. Although the nest appears empty what remains is an image of 'Angy Bird' a computer game that is played by my girls whenever boredom occurs, usually when required to do something with an adult, aka their parents that is not of interest to them. The Children are gone but the bird remains, a memory of their youth and the time spent together as a family. The environment surround the figure is white. Multifaceted in meaning, white represents purity, as well as death and a sterile environment. In this case, white is used to show the sterility of home after the chaos of childhood has moved on. It is also a visual metaphor showing emptiness. The figure's facial expression is one of recognition and sad comprehension that her children are gone as is the energy force that was theirs is no longer present.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tile studies for the 'Evening Ritual' painting

I finished drawing out my Turkish tile patterns today. I'm deciding between two different patterns. Tomorrow I will paint them and hopefully be able to decide which to go with. I'm thinking about painting them in glazes so it might take a few days before they are completely finished but once I have the studies completed I should be able to start working on the big painting again.

I also started my additional investigations into my concept of "the weight of femininity", starting a closed twitter account, creating audio conversations and making mini videos. Collectively these should inspire new ways of thinking about my paintings and add additional content to the image thus making the works even more interesting for my audience.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Evening Ritual (working title)

Finally a solid studio day! 'Evening Ritual' is a working title as I'm not sure if this will be part of a diptych or the start of a series. It is approximately 4 ft x 5 ft. Today I spent making adjustments to the shoulders, and mapping out the turkish tile grid. The smaller canvas' to the right with the grids are what I'm going to use to experiment on while exploring different tile motifs. I also identified enough space around the image so that I can actually stretch this painting on bars!