metal, plastic circus lights, string lights, electricity
90 x 60 cm 7 cm in depth
wax, string, metal tray
16 x 4 cm per candle
I am trying to be more objective about the way I discuss my work. I want my work to be able to support itself, to exist without my own associations and connotations of it. At the same time I am writing this blog in an attempt to be entirely open and transparent about my process. I am struggling to satisfy these two desires. So I will stop trying.
The image above is a re-painted plaster pattern I wrote about in a previous post. I wrote about how the pattern vaguely reminded me of a highly distressing pattern I used to dream about as a kid. I think the pattern unsettled me because of a feeling of complete chaos I associated with it. Being brought up in Christian household, I often found myself feeling quite distressed when trying to make sense of things. I found it difficult to reconcile ideas of both chaos and order that exists in most things. Looking at my work now, I can see an attempt of unifying seemingly incongruous ideas; chaos and order, cleanliness and defilement, feminine and masculine, natural and man-made.
On the advice of friends I have painted the plaster a yellow ocre. I think base, primary colours are working better. I am playing about, making more plaster patterns. I think I would like to try out some sort of composition with the objects, to make an installation.