A1 (59cm x 84cm)
Acrylic on wood canvas
The evolution of this piece took several weeks to complete. I did not have any other goal but to create something textured bridging the gap between sculpture and painting.
I had many elaborate plans and colours following what I usually do. As I started to apply each idea it just didn't feel right.
I looked at the piece, I asked myself what is the story? And it dawned upon me that the textures is the life of this piece. I did not need flashy colours to make this piece complete or bring it to life.
I decided to strip it back to basics and I had a poignant vision of it being in black.
Bold, powerful, elegant, mysterious, and sophisticated.
I realised I did not need to oversell this piece with lots of different colours as I felt it detracted and distracted me from the movement and vitality of the piece.
In reflection, it sent a powerful message to me that resonated and reverberated internally.
I do not need to oversell myself, show off for approval or play up to what I think an audience wants.
Who I am is enough.
My line, scars, bumps, and bruises tell a story and are present in the textures of this enchanting piece.
This piece served as a powerful reminder of that fact.
Sometimes less is more, and as artists, we sometimes get caught up in trying to overload the senses of our viewers with elaborate patterns and colours losing the message in the process. Do not be afraid to strip it right back and keep it simple, allowing you to convey your truth with unmistakable clarity.