'The Sofa in Italics' is based off a love seat, the size of the seat makes it intimate for the two people using it. Whilst being put together and painted by hand, the linear and cicular designs are influenced by the Bloomsbury Group. The hand stitched tapestry and pilllow in my tri coloured style are demonstrations of my love for the arts and crafts movement. Using diffrerent techniques to demostrate depth, the wool borders the two men who are the centre of this piece.
HEPHAESTUS, ARES AND EROS
This painting is a depiction of the Greek tale of adultery and lust. Hephaestus, God of Blacksmithing, married Aphrodite Goddess of sexual desire; who in turn had an affair with Ares God of War had a love child Eros, commonly known as Cupid. This strange love triangle is presented in this painting with having the two elder men supporting the young youth who gazes freely at the viewer. There is a lack of interaction between the models, creating a tension.
‘The Fireplace’ as a concept is man’s overwhelming need to control and confine nature. In later years after the discovery of how to create fire, we decorated and designs prisons that produce heat yet remained beautiful. Made of wood and ceramics this piece is hand painted and demonstrates a reminiscence of these important yet strange objects.
ZEUS, PROMETHEUS AND THE MORTAL
‘Zeus, Prometheus and the Mortal’ is an origin story from Ancient Greece where Prometheus the trickster stole fire from the Gods and gave it to man. Keeping a safe distance from both man and his thief, Zeus stands looking at man Prometheus, his hand gesturing his frustrating. The Mortal submits himself to his superiors, clenching his knees to chest looking out to the viewer in search for help. With the hand of the giver hoovering above his head the Mortal is a mouse like, the coward in the corner reaching out to us.
CHAIR IN ITALICS
This chair is a section of an installation, it is based off a typography I designed with all the letter leaning at a sixty degree angle too the right. Heavily influenced by the Bloomsbury Group, I decided to use linear and circular designs in a light and bold colour scheme paired with a hand sewn in red, yellow and black colour scheme on painted hessian.
‘Zeus and Ganymede’ is an Ancient Greek fable when the king of the Gods was struck by the beauty of the youthful Ganymede, who swooped down from mount Olympus to take him up to the heavens. This painting is a life size rendering of an illustration using paint and gold leaf on a painted timber frame. This piece is a homoerotic, voyeuristic power play that comments on the sexualisation of inter age relationships and the role they play in our culture.