Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Iterations Of Isolation


I'm scanning this year's works at the moment. Here is Iterations of Isolation, a momentously sad painting about the isolating barriers all too familiar to the likes of Nietzsche! I wanted to paint a painting that hummed with a deep darkness, like the sound of an obsidian block or the heartbeat of a black hole.

The idea is many years old and had remained half complete, huge and stretched on a canvas for years. It became trapped in complexity. This year I decide to complete or destroy everything that was half finished, and this was therefore resolved. I decided to repaint it on a smaller scale, packing the mountains into something as big as an office letter.

The essential idea was of monoliths within monoliths, rocks within rocks showing multiple layers of personality from external to the ultimate intimate baby. By the time that layer was reached though, the outer layers had become not mere tree rings but barriers that had isolated, and the introversion had trapped the psyche in a joke lonely hatred; the essence of the extreme right (I say joke because all such barriers are artificial constructs). I probably heard Pink Floyd's The Wall for the first time in this year and perhaps that became an influence.

I find the painting horrific, but I think it has succeeded in conveying the power I wanted. If I had found it lovely it would have failed as an artwork.

Technical notes. It's oil on perspex and 234x336mm (a little bigger than A4). It's painted in two layers. It's page on my website is http://www.marksheeky.co.uk/painting.php?id=278.

2 comments :

John Salmon said...

Very powerful image Mark. when you say "It's painted in two layers". Did you mean on two pieces of perspex? Eg background on one and foreground on another and then held together in a frame?

Mark Sheeky said...

Nah, I just mean two paint layers. An underpainting, then a glaze a couple of weeks later when it's dry. It would be tricky to paint in oils on transparent perspex because you need some sort of rough(ish) ground and that tends to make the surface misty at best... although I think Winsor and Newton do make a transparent gesso these days... hmm...

One odd thing about this surface is that I'm sure that rubbing a natural brush on it creates static electricity! Sometimes I see dust particles float down and the zoom towards the painting like a magnet!