The party is over Drawing by Gemma Gené

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The party is over

Gemma Gené

United States

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Size: 59 W x 59 H x 2 D in

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Drawing: Graphite, Charcoal, Paper, Pencil on Paper.

“The party is over” is a large pencil and charcoal drawing on paper. This drawing is part of a series depicting foil balloons in different compositions to communicate messages or sensations. This particular one is unique since the heart-shaped balloon is partly deflated, representing what we don’t usually want to look at – the decay that inevitably awaits after the fun we’re enjoying in the moment .


Scale is very important in my work, I am very drawn to large scale format because I believe that when an art piece is big enough it has the power to make you feel like you can jump into it; allowing for a different kind of intimacy in which every detail is visible. Big scale artwork also has the power to distort the perception of your own scale. I think that it is particularly relevant in our current society of immediacy and digitalization, where we often experience the world surrounding us through small smart phone screens, to stop and take the time to observe and really take in a piece of this size (and to devote the time to make it.)


I believe in the beauty and power of common objects to communicate feelings from fun to sadness or loneliness. And I am fascinated by reflective materials, balloons, and transparencies. Specially balloons because they are very humble objects but they have a life of their own (not unlike us) in which they grow towards being more and more inflated very quickly and then begin a slow process of decay and deflation. Foil balloons are very reflective, so their appearance is also affected and modified by their surroundings, again, not unlike human beings. In my work I like taking everyday objects and editing them so they become something else, changing the perspective we have of them and giving us a chance to look at the beauty of the world surrounding us with fresh new eyes.


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