I am doing the art course that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, and I have decided to do the art component as well. Mine was not finished before the submissions closed, and I had a minor panic attack before I decided to submit what I had done. It was finished enough. The idea of peer evaluations has me worried (and filled with self doubt), but I am excited about the development potential and taking my art to the next step.
The first assignment was on Surrealism and was really interesting. I learned a lot and I love the way the information was set out.
I have decided to share here, because this is about documenting my journey and also the idea terrified me a little which indicates this will be a good learning experience as well. It certainly feels very vulnerable, so be gentle!! The more I look at the pictures, the more I see wrong with it, so I am going to take a deep breath and press publish! :)
As part of the assignment we also had to write an artist Statement which I have included under the painting pictures. Another very helpful exercise that also gave me direction when I was a bit stuck with the painting.
The painting is named ‘Pachyderm Doorways’.
This was painted with acrylic paints. I employed the technique decalcomania that was common in Surrealist art that utilised automatism to explore fears and emotions to get some initial shapes and colour on the canvas. Looking into the shapes I saw an elephant shape so I began painting that in. I then focussed on my inner feelings and emotions noting where I was feeling a bit anxious or emotional. Once I identified the primary emotions I was feeling I began looking deeper to get a sense of the root fear and then I considered how best to symbolise that in the painting.
At the moment that consisted of feeling like I am a bit lost and not sure which direction to go in. I portrayed this by the repeating symbol of closed doors scattered behind and beside the elephant. Though the reality is that I do have options, there is no clear cut option that sticks out more than the others, no arrow guiding me towards a particular door, and this is represented by the barren landscape that is empty of any persuasive signs focusing on one door.
The symbol of the elephant is said to include the following features strength, royalty, connection to ancient wisdom, removal of obstacles and barriers, confidence, patience, using education opportunities, commitment, discernment, intelligence, and compassion which seemed appropriate when distilling the root fear that was behind the piece.Utilising the wisdom and strength of the elephant to decide on which door, or even to knock down all the doors and forge new pathways.