Towards the end of my project I began to explore the use of words and childhood quotes to compliment and express the imagery further, I wanted to write something raw and powerful that most adults think but use a simple font that contrasts with the harshness of the paint which also lets the words speak for themselves. I used my favourite edit from Linda Apple’s response and developed in Mark Rothko’s paint style.
To link the previous series more the topic of painting I printed my favourite few images and harshly painted over dark quotes about growing up. I wanted to emphasise the comparison between adulthood and childhood drastically and how most adults want their childhood back. I painted the words in capital letters with an angry element to express the negative emotion adults have to growing up.
As I really liked the topic of childhood objects I developed the idea further by exploring the comparison of child objects compared to adult objects. I also photographed typical adult objects that children aren’t allowed (cigarettes, pills, blades, etc.), and merged two objects from each age group together. I like how this series makes people feel slightly uncomfortable, the cynical adult objects being intensely combined with innocent child objects creates a foreign atmosphere.
I wanted to experiment (like Linda Apple), painting objects but with watercolour; focusing on bright tones and child-like shades. In these three paintings I have explored watercolour and the different techniques I could use to receive diverse results. I love the balloon painting with the bleeding affect; as a kid when my paints used to bleed together I was so upset because I thought my picture was ruined but here I have embraced that childhood ‘imperfection’.
I wanted to move on from child paintings and explore the idea of objects. Linda Apple paints groups of childhood objects using vivid tones, to begin my response to her I did a photoshoot of brightly coloured objects that reminded me of my childhood. In these images I experimented with positioning and patterns.
My response to Telmo Pieper’s work. I took some of the paintings me and my little sisters created and depicted images from them using black biro. Instead of using Pieper’s method of recreating his childhood drawings I reversed the idea and produced my own series. I used the pictures they painted that possessed bright watercolours because they can be seen better when drawn over, dark acrylics would be more difficult to use biro on.
I wanted to experiment further with bold colours and expressive lines, when exploring Rothko’s block paint style those are the elements I enjoyed the most and thought made my work stand out. I created by own paint brushes with materials I found outside – leaves, berries, flowers, and plants that would make obscure textures. This technique reminded me of my childhood and the weird things I would paint with/use as paint. I also like how child-like the pieces look, the brushstrokes are harsh but simultaneously look free and fun.