Thinking back to the writing workshop I did last week, I decided that I wanted to find some way to incorporate the written word into my paintings. Not necessarily words that are discernible to the eye of the viewer, but add a hidden meaning to the piece.
I have trialled this idea on two of my pieces so far. In one piece, the writing is easily readable and detectable as the dictionary definition of the word 'home'. In the other, the writing took the form of words layered on top of one another so that the true meaning of the sentences were hidden. The words that were hidden, however (some secrets shouldn't be kept), said 'Sometimes houses feel like homes, sometimes they don't feel like home at all'. An idea for a darker element to the work and the deeper meaning of the work that I haven't thought much into before suddenly makes sense to me...
Today in the studio I also primed my board to start work on a larger scale piece of work. Working on the MDF so far has been really successful. The smooth surface allowed me to create the sharp lines using masking tape that paper did, such sharp lines that canvas cannot provide, but didn't leave occasional tears in the surface like with my paper trials.
Working larger has allowed my shapes to be more textural without the overall piece looking too 'crowded'. By dripping water over the surface of the freshly painted MDF and using my rollers over the top, the top surface of the paint is lifted off and creates interesting, visually pleasing textures. Through being a lazy artist and not cleaning my rollers as much as I should do, colours from previous layers of paint sometimes transfer into the new blocks of colour. I really like that effect. Happy accidents.
Tomorrow is my last full day in the studio before I head home for reading week so I'll be trying to make the most of it. The words in paintings and the idea of the work having a hidden meaning is something I want to play with even further in my future work. The idea of 'secrets' and the place of home sometimes having dark, negative connotations is a new issue that I'd like to investigate... Perhaps an anonymous collection of writings from people in the studio about their own personal feelings and responses towards the word 'home' could be written into the surface of the work; an interesting addition to the block-colour layers that both hide and expose others.