It's been busy few weeks, so I haven't had much chance to paint porcelain- except for today! The luxury of almost a whole day without interruptions, instead of painting late at night or in bits and pieces during the day 😉 It's ok really, I've been working on a few collaborative art projects, one with an overseas company for licensing distribution of my paintings, and another project for demonstrations later in the year...I'll divulge more about those in time. But all of the paper work and organising of those have taken up a lot of time. I had a fun demonstration via skype the other night, and otherwise I've been planning and planning new art works.
Today I finally finished the canvas painting I started late last year (see progress here), I'll post the finished painting once it has been sufficiently dried and varnished. I'm really glad that one is out of my headspace...as I move onto porcelain paintings.
Here are some snap shots of first firings or early stages of these lustre paintings on porcelain, both part of the Destiny and Love series.
This painting is a 30.5cm oval plate, and will be titled 'Union' you can see the colour plan on the drawing, this shows a few of the colours I will use as the unfired lustre work is all yellow-brownish in colour. This painting was inspired by a poem I wrote about the concept of union, and the text will also feature on this design. This design element links to the next painting which will explore asemic writing (what? read on 😉 ).
Here is the early stage of the painting 'Introspection' which I wrote about here. This will also be completed with lustre paints, gold and platinum. This painting will feature Asemic writing, which
'is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The word asemic means "having no specific semantic content". With the
nonspecificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret. All of this is
similar to the way one would deduce meaning from an abstract work of art. The open nature of asemic works allows for meaning
to occur trans-linguistically; an asemic text may be "read" in a similar fashion regardless of the reader's natural language. Multiple
meanings for the same symbolism are another possibility for an asemic work.' 1
I love the idea of asemic writing, and it totally fits in with this design conceptually. It not only resonates with the abstract work I paint, but I'm getting to reconnect with my past...did you know I used to lecture in linguistics and language (among other arts subjects) at university? This connection I find fascinating to explore, while that work was many years ago now, I've always had an interest in the semantics and semiotics of language. So this element is a nice way to return to the past and enjoy some brain play for me...I am happy! 😀
While these are in the kiln, I'll start a new canvas painting which has been on the back burner, and finish my design plans for asemic writing- while I still have free time!
1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asemic_writing, as cited from Michael Jacobson, The Giant's Fence. Barbarian Interior Books, 2006.
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