Why platinum roses? “Platinum Love” Porcelain vase
“Platinum Love” was exhibited in Sydney at The Grace Hotel in October 2013. This vase is part of the Destiny and Love series- see more paintings.
The word platinum culturally connotes a sense of endurance, overcoming challenge, so for this painting of roses- which symbolize love, the use of platinum paint represents long lasting love and it’s sustainability in a relationship. This painting’s place within the series follows on from the last few porcelain paintings When will Grief Let go? and Introspection. While endurance of a relationship is something most of us desire, it is not necessarily in our destiny. Here time, is focused on in this painting, linking the art work “When will grief let go” to the dynamic process which is love. In the relation to previous porcelain painting, with time added to the equation I think that which ever facet of love we experience, it’s endurance is relative to the process of grief -> fear -> trust -> letting go- a process of endurance in the search for self love (Introspection).
The design for this painting was started a long while ago, I’d done some sketches of roses from my garden, and stylised them, focusing on shape and form over detail. Here are some of the sketches used for this painting.
The platinum work was painted first, then paste applied, fired and platinum was added again. I chose to keep the vase pure white as a striking contrast to the platinum. The movement in the shape of the vase also creates great energy to the design, which I really like.
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