I started this porcelain painting We are Soldiers of Love, late last year, and finally finished it this week. I was largely inspired by the song "Soldier of Love" by Sade, for the theme of this painting. The lyrics and the music have a lot of personal meaning and I'm using an abstract expressionist painting on a porcelain vase. I am enjoying creating these painting for my series on Destiny and Love, because they are each different. You can see my reflection in a few of the pics...these are only iphone photos, portfolio gallery images are available by request.
More photos after the video.....
"We are Soldiers of Love" by Ingrid Lee, porcelain vase 2012.
This painting is an expressionist style of work, representing the concept of soldiering through love. This painting reflects a time when my friends and I were all single and not in a relationship...but we kept looking, despite broken hearts and bad experiences...like a war torn landscape we are still fighting and searching, not realising that we probably needed to love ourselves at that time, more than looking for love and happiness from someone else...again, that time thing raises it's head again through my thinking.
This idea is largely represented by the use of platinum at the top of the vase...it creates a mirror finish, a two way interaction, firstly symbolising the introspection of the soldiers during of their search for love; and secondly, it also provides an interactive process for the viewer, you, with this painting. The painting on this porcelain vase is completed in lustres and platinum.
You can see the flaming red orange coloured lustre (a continuation of colour use from this porcelain painting) in the hearts and minds of the soldiers, as they march forth, still hopeful, still searching, then broken hearted as the figures trail around the vase.
The darker colours used on the shadowy figures, reflect the tiresome, and emotionally draining war of love for these soldiers.
Inspiration for the design
Interestingly, the figures were inspired by the vase Kobyletskaya, Factory Vase, 1930 below, which I saw at Erata Gallery in St Petersburg 2012.
This design has been playing in mind for months, and something finally clicked! I loved this painting when I first saw it, the linear communication of ideas and colours was wonderful, we spent a while studying this painting...the inspiration has come through. I have many other inspirations from this vase.....to see later.
In my next post, I'll update you on other paintings I've finished over the past few weeks, and what else I've been up to.
I really enjoyed creating this painting...there is another porcelain piece on this theme which I will start shortly. If you find this painting interesting, please share or leave me comments 🙂