Allegory of the paintbrushes, 2018 (close detail) look at previous post for full painting.
Artist journal: Art can be very subjective and my paintings are very ambiguous (by the way, if I give the entirety of the soup up, it won’t be considered an allegory painting anymore). I’m going to leave you with your personal interpretations.
Technically, this painting was executed in layers, there is also a strong use of geometry throughout the frame. I experimented with the use of ivory black in the core background of the painting (very unorthodox). I also played with alternating realistic skin tones adjacently with what I imagine to be an “X-ray vision” representation of skin tone. Throughout this painting I played around with complementary colours which really helped in the rendering of the draperies in the fabrics. It was another opportunity for a self portrait, I made my hair purple (fun stuff eh?). I must be the first to admit that this painting possesses characteristics that can be deemed synonymous to the European phenomenon “The male gaze” explained in the BBC documentary “Ways of seeing” by John Berger (published in 1972). Nevertheless I find no pleasure in the objectivity of women or any gender . There is an intense scrutiny on how men paint females. Overall I believe intention is key. The swastika was and is still used till today in Asia as a sacred religious symbol of auspiciousness and good luck, but in the 1930s it became the Nazi symbol. The same thing goes for art, you might be trying to tell a story in a way which may unknowingly appear offensive to a group of people. The big question now is, can this story be told in another way?, and if yes, will it be as original? We are in a world now were everybody strives to be politically correct, and to me that waters down art. Sometimes art should be disturbing, as such disturbance sparks up progressive conversations. My recent knowledge on these things are going to shape my approach on storytelling. Nevertheless I am not going to water down the content of my paintings to make everybody feel comfortable, because I’m on a quest to tell my own truth. Am I going to make more disturbing paintings? Yup.