This work was created surrounding the concept of nostalgia and is a combination of my new series called Goth Fauve (psychedelic colour meets strange female figures in technicolor landscapes) and my 2014 series – Eccentric Gardens. In Eccentric Gardens I used imagery of gardens to signify part of our internal psychic landscape.
Nostalgia is a bittersweet feeling and memory can be a place where we can get lost in obscurity.
Memory Light is a way to see the past with more clarity, reducing the dissonance between our perception of the memory and it’s reality.
Goth Fauve Series
(see images from this series here: http://www.thechaperon.ca/gallery/goth-fauve-figures )
My Goth Fauve series is a new painting series started in spring 2016 in which psychedelic colour meets strange female figures in technicolor landscapes.
I love making images that create mysterious narratives that revolve around female heroines. In Initiation I like to imagine that a girl’s braid is being removed in a sacred ritual that initiates her into a friendly cult of women who live in the forest in a self-sustaining community.
In Sleep Like The Dead I indulged in my favourite colour – purple and channelled my inner Wednesday Addams, to make a piece about the way I wish I could sleep every night minus the location of course : )
These pieces are often completed alla prima or in two sittings. I began making this series because I wanted to explore working with the figure again and develop a new series that would allow me to work with radical colour combinations and a stylized approach.