“Introspection” abstract expressionism on porcelain vase
Finally the finished painting which I started here , called “Introspection” abstract expressionism on porcelain vase 435 x 185 mm. The painting is completed with lustres, platinum, burnishing gold and accents of liquid bright gold.
I’m looking at expressing the notion of introspection when you are not in love, but really wishing you were, and questioning why you’re not in a relationship with someone. So I’m looking at the intense relationship we have within our head and selves when we don’t want to be alone and are desperate to be be in love, and looking at the representations that reflect the broken record that plays in our minds of “why doesn’t he/she…?” “why can’t I find someone who….?” “I’ll never find…” “nobody wants me” “why can’t I look like/be like…” for example. This process of introspection often causes us to stay trapped in our heads….it can be paralyzing, tiring, hurtful, loathsome, saddening, makes us angry, and even pitiful when we ask “why me again” etc…Sometimes we can spend so much time looking into ourselves, not accepting ourselves and loving ourselves for who we are, that we miss the moment for the next relationship. It is this intensity of introspection that I’m wanting to express.
Here when you look top down into the vase, it is in the shape of an eye- the centre represents the iris which I’ve painted in platinum, and creates a mirror for the viewer, another interactive element for the viewer.
What is the writing all about?
The use of asemic writing for this piece took a while to explore, read more here. I was trying to figure out part of my ‘eyes on porcelain’ painting for a while…there was an element missing to the concept around it which asemic writing would help unlock for me. The more I played with the designs in sketches, and discussed the ideas for the concepts behind this painting with a great friend, I realised the missing link. The missing link is about missing the moment, and if you miss the moment, it’s because you didn’t trust in that moment. It seems that when love is all around you, you miss the moment because you didn’t trust in the time, the person, or yourself to be open to that space which will allow love.
So then it makes me wonder about the correlation between destiny and trust.
My interpretation of asemic writing
Some of what I’ve done is following the idea that the symbols leave the design open to interpretation, other times, I’ve written the full word but it’s how it is positioned or repeated or interwoven which creates the abstraction. There are natural gap in the backgound lustre work, into which I have squeezed words that represent or repeat ‘trapped’ there are notions of I want, quiet, noisy and other representations of the emotions one feels when being introspective.
Here are some more links for asemic writing to show other inspirations:
Photo courtesy: Nancy Bell Scott
Photo courtesy: Post Literate
Photo courtesy: The New Post Literate
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I thoroughly enjoyed the creative process of this art work…some pieces take more time in the planning- most of my abstract or expressionist work does! Sometimes waiting for the right piece of porcelain to express a concept is worth the time- like my spider vase last year, see here. Big thanks to my Australian porcelain supplier Interdec Australia who invest in bringing these beautiful pieces of porcelain here- it makes my creative process easier
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