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Painting: Acrylic, Enamel on Other.
Orange Flowers, the third painting in the 'Better Than Life' series, a social commentary inspired by the observation of modern living. The addiction to digital devices creating a filtered reality.
Orange Flowers follows directly from Genius (the second painting in the series) taking a surreal and sinister view of what has happened the Girl. She is now deep into her own world, blissfully unaware of the bizarre situation unfolding around her, clutching her apple as if life depended on it. The 2 central characters also oblivious to surroundings, the stag boy tightly gripping his robot/ android, could the girl on the right be only one left in reality, sobbing as she can only watch her friends.
This project devolved accidentally after the first painting in early 2017. Painted in black and white acrylic on raw linen, this has since become a favourite and has continued into later works.The Apple used throughout the series represents technology and carries biblical connotations of sin.
Building the stretchers and stretching the linen is an important part of the creative process, to ensure quality of materials and to have created the work from scratch.