Denotations / Merged Projects
These are two separate projects that are part of the After Party Exhibition
I have been thinking a
lot about polarities. It
seems most of us have.
I was listening to the
radio about a year ago
and heard a few times
within a couple weeks,
this idea of a double-edged sword, or this idea that two views were “conjoined twins”. I wondered why the metaphors to these links are violent or super complex, very rare and potentially dangerous relationships. In a way its a completely true metaphor, but one that does not breed much confidence for a safe solution.
Sometimes we have these deeply conflicting views around two ideas that share incredible similarites, like Venn diagrams. Take our relationship to place and the environment. We have a “place at the table”, “don’t take my place in line”, “we love your place” etc. Place is super important and personal and something you generally do not want to lose. But environment is highly polarizing. Not only politically (climate change), but as an abstract concept. “This environment is all wrong”, “I cant think in this environment”, “this is a toxic environment”. Yet we cant have “place” without “environment”. We cant have “sunsets” unless we can have tough conversations around the “kitchen table”.
I made a “merged” painting of a #sunset and a #kitchentable.
I had similar thoughts around the ideas of deceit and hypocrisy. It occurs to me that one is a direct and intentional lie and the other is an inconsistency in a belief. I wonder which is more damaging, or meaningless. It turns out Octopuses are very popular during the pandemic. Thanks Netflix. They change color, they can shift shape, they can emulate rocks, they can lie, to protect themselves. Blue jays are majestic looking birds (what bird is not majestic, right?), but it turns out they can copy the sound a hawk makes. This is to scare other birds and protect themselves. Its interesting the role protection has in these acts. But is the blue jay being a hypocrite? Is the blue jay being untrue to itself? Does it matter? Is the octopus being inauthentic? I got to thinking of the octopus as the deceitful hypocrite and the blue jay as the hypocritical deceiver.
I made a “merged” painting of an #octous and a #bluejay.
Denotations (#sunglasses, metallique.productions)
Acrylic on Fabric 40 in by 40 in 2021
Merged (#sunset and #kitchentable, vickykarudekar, kindandabell)
36 in by 72 in Acrylic on Linen 2021