I Knew You Would Remember Me When…..
This is January's 1m x 1m tooth picked painting.
What's it all about? I don't really know - It starts as a scribble finding balance and space that continues to grow similar to a doodle. In painting abstract I feel a huge weight in the sense of theory and meaning of what it is or should be about. Perhaps there is a guilt because it just is what it is and nothing more.
As I managed to get it finished on the deadline of the Saatchi Showdown, Living with Colour I submitted it in. Usually I'm unaware of when it is on and it is not always that the theme is relevant to my work. As it is in time and fits - I may as well do it.
This is where the theory comes in - As I need to write something about it . This is the fun bit almost like daydreaming where you pick your brain for the first thing that comes to mind and start brain storming. This is trying to analyse a picture after it has been painted and not by explaining how I have planned it to be or how it is represented. There is a fine line between the truth and making something up.
This is how it starts:
I get the title just by looking- my eyes are drawn to the open space where the blue, yellow and lilac join just below the horizontal line almost like a vanishing point. (As in the detail above.) While I was looking at it I started to think of a platform and a train vanishing into the distance. The black tree felt like a person/ woman who was waiting or who had been left behind. Then I think of everything in black and white (but still see the red- like blood) I visualise a scene from an old film during the war full of emotion where the woman's husband has gone to fight for his country.
I then think of their memories mixed with emotion.
I think about a piece of string that has knots in it - to remember important memories. This then became the twists swirls and circles.
The circles reminded me of music a bit like a piano game that my kids play on the Ipad, you burst the bubbles, these then become pulses or a beat - almost like something remembered.
That's how I found the title:
I knew you would remember me when.....
The brainstorming done I now have to emphasise the relevance of the theme:
Living with colour - This is what I put.
The colours speak a visual language, complimenting and repelling each other along an abstract journey of memories. Colour, form and rhythm flow freely echoing emotion while the swirls, ribbon twists and circles represent individual thoughts and memories remembered.