I'm at it again... cutting up paintings that aren't working. This is the second mixed media work from my In the family line series that I've cut into smaller paintings and then reworked. A little background information on the series might help you view this work.
My family was one of 160 families forced to leave their home when an American base was built in Argentia, Newfoundland in the early 1940's. This community had a long history with the first census in 1687 showing 35 inhabitants. The main occupation was fishing and the community was large and close knit. Having to take your belongings and leave house and outbuildings behind to be bulldozed into the ground was a very traumatic ordeal for my family and I'm sure for everyone involved. To add insult to injury, they received approximately $ 3000 in compensation for their property. While they moved to a community, Jerseyside, only 20 minute drive from Argentia, it was another world to them. Many of the everyday objects painted in my Remnants series made that move from Argentia. Throughout my career, I've explored this event in a number of ways.
In this work, I've taken many liberties with composition in my effort to give the feeling of being disrupted, dislocated, and unsettled. One of the techniques I've used is shifting many of the images out to the edges (bad karma in composition ) and leaving open spaces in the middles. I guess this is a case of breaking the rules to achieve a specific feeling. I would appreciate any feedback you might like to give on this work.
All three are 8 x 8 inches on board.
I need to integrate the organic shapes above the house more. This was even more obvious when the work was photographed. Since I now photograph my work throughout the process of creation, I find it a very helpful way to stand back from my work to decide what's next. Another strategy I use to help with overall value considerations is to copy the photograph on my black and white laser printer.
While the upper left looks white, it is blue green and fairly integrated. For some reason- light reflection or my poor photography skills - it won't photograph that way.
I'm considering this one complete.
There are two others that are not working out that well. They may have to be abandoned.