My exhibition explores motifs of urban landscapes and environments. The paintings, sculptures, bas-reliefs, collages and drawings represent architectural details and sections of streets primarily inspired from my travels around France and the city of Pairs, where I live, as well as drawing on my own memories. The choice of architecture as a subject came from the varied and always changing architecture of Paris. The composition of my pieces into fragments and close up views allows viewers to see sections of reality and gives them the opportunity to reimagine the whole scene or place. The intention of my work is to revisit one's memories and reminisce through the details of places by letting the viewer imagine themselves in the streets’ bustle and business.
The majority of my pieces in this collection are mixed media working primarily with cardboard, ink and acrylic paint. The use of cardboard was inspired by Parisian artist Eva Jospin and her forest landscapes made entirely out of cardboard. This was a turning point in my development of pieces. For example, my piece Lake Winnipesaukee is a more abstract exploration and experimentation with the combination of materials such as cardboard and mixed media pieces as well as the beginning of the exploration with using more vivid colours.
My pieces range from highly figurative to more abstract pieces. My figurative pieces draw on the work of Ralph Goings, known for his hyper realistic works of art that inspired my piece Windows, an acrylic painting of a close-up of reflective windows.
I also experimented with different views and perspectives and created artworks in relief as seen in my piece Snapshots, a series of small drawings placed on different depths of cardboard, paper and carton.
The exhibition space was a large linear wall divided into sections with two directions from which viewers could enter to view my work. I thus decided to place my large-scale piece off-centre on the wall so that from one entrance the viewers could appreciate it first without the piece being overwhelming and taking away the effect of my other pieces. I then decided to group my smaller pieces by materials and format. I placed my charcoal drawing, watercolour painting, concertina and Snapshots in the same sections of the wall. I then grouped my two figurative canvas paintings as they are of similar size and shape and thus compliment each other. I also chose to place my pieces on different levels up and down the wall to mimic the feeling of walking down a street so the viewer can notice the details of my pieces as one might notice the details of architecture in real life.
All my pieces intend to make the audience relive their memories through the familiarity of my subject matter. I also wanted to try and encapsulate the feeling of awe and curiosity about the details, colour and surface used in my figurative and abstract representations of architectural details and fragments of streets or landscapes. I intended the viewers to see fragments of reality in order to allow them to reconstruct the rest of the piece in a way that reflects their own experiences and the intimacy and comfort that comes from familiar places.
Fragmented Car (November 2020)
30 x 18 x 10 cm
This sculpture was inspired by my charcoal piece. I zoomed in on various elements of the car in order to create this ceramic piece. My original idea for the piece was quite different to how it ended up. I really liked the idea of fragmentation, of deconstructing the car into individual pieces and attaching temp. In the end I attached the fragments onto a bigger slab to achieve my final look This piece was a real discovery of the technical skills that accompany ceramics.