Monday, 19 October 2015
INEQUALITY (FOR SIGN OF THE TIMES)
I know that this is very late but ideas take a long time to mature. I eschewed the obvious interpretations of my theme e.g homeless placards, glitzy buildings, deprived people and obvious deprivation and excess in favour of a more subtle approach.
I took a very showy flower - in this case a paeony and developed it as the central image. It is intended to be a metaphor for wealth and fine living. It is safe in its enclave because it is surrounded by a spiky barrier which separates it from the perceived 'riff-raff 'on the outside. However, this part on the outside is now being colonised by the rich too as shown by the golden circular 'islands'. There is chaos outside as represented by the angry streaks as they try to cling on.
I am motivated to do this piece because, living as we do in Greater London, we are very aware of the extreme housing crisis in the capital and inner suburbs particularly.
Techniques include photo transfer and free machine embroidery.