I've been working in my sketchbook and trying to decide in which direction I want to take my work. I had a tutorial last night which I found to be very helpful. The session opened my eyes to a new way of looking at my work. Maybe I'm trying to say too much in one piece. I think I need to let some of it just speak for itself in a quiet, understated way. And perhaps creating a conversation between two ideas. For example: I've been playing around with images of pin-up girls from the 40s; I want to juxtapose that imagary with symbols of war - grenades, look-out towers, missles. So perhaps the pin-up girls will serve as a sort of wall paper...something that looks sexy and organic but that doesn't reveal straight away the true nature of what they are. And then maybe have a screenprint of a grenade next to it. Everything repeated...like Warhol did in a lot of his work. I want it to be playful and sexy. But with a sinister undertone.
The most important thing I took away from the tutorial is to be careful that the imagery doesn't cancel each other out - to play one image against the other for a greater impact. Don't beat it over the viewer's heads...allow the images to speak for themselves and create their own impact. I should act as a director in a way - determining the order of placement and establishing a hierarchy.
Erin Singleton is an artist currently living in the bucolic seaside town of Marblehead, Mass. She loves to explore her creativity in her studio and in the kitchen. She also loves to read, watch movies, spend time with friends and enjoy the great outdoors with her husband, Dave, and their daughter, Maisie.
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