You’ve Got The Whole World (Joan Didion)
You’ve got the whole world (Joan Didion). This is collage/painting using acrylic paint and acrylic ink on watercolour paper. It’s approx 35 cm high x 25 cm wide (13.5 inches x 10 inches) unframed.
I can’t tell you how excited am about these new works. I love doing them so much that I do happy dances around my studio when I’m working. It’s that much fun. The joy of painting again feels so good. I want to spend all day and every day doing it.
I’ve always loved magazines and collecting them, ripping out pages and using them for collages and in scrap books. It feels like the whole world can be found within magazines. My grandparents used to call magazines ‘books’, they always seemed something magical and special and thing to be treasured. My attitude to magazines has always been much more cavalier, they’re something to be cut up, used and transformed. The pleasure of going through a pile of magazines and tearing out pictures is huge, one of my favourite things. Looking and seeing which images resonate and deciding which I’m going to save.
It’s kind of an anti portrait. I like the idea of removing the face so you can’t tell who the person is, whilst keeping some of the other aspects of the figure. I’m mostly into hands and hair as they are both some how very expressive.