Recently I’ve been making Pinocchio paintings on the theme of masculinity and transformation for the Instinct #3 exhibition. Those are all done now, and I’m surprised how liberated I feel that I can do some proper chaotic experimentation again.
I think that shows in the over painting I’ve been doing on old abandoned paintings of mine. Today I did more of that. I don’t know why, but a visual theme of colonial kitsch came out in these paintings. Something to do with the black and white animal skins.
I painted the blue background months ago. I was going to try making a Tomery Dodge type painting, but then I couldn’t be bothered. Painting black and white on top of the colour was interesting again.
Then I put two similarly sized unwanted paintings next to each other and painted one image over the two canvases. I did this so that I could think differently about composition. I also painted the image upside down.
When I removed the masking tape, the edges of the original colour paintings showed (below).
Below is the whole process, starting with the two old colour paintings.
I masked off this old painting (below) so that it would show around the edge of the new picture I painted on top. Again, I painted the image upside down.
When I turned the picture “right” way up, I liked how androgynous the face looked. That added an unexpected queer aspect to the picture, on top of the Orientalism. Composition continues to be a big problem, but I really enjoyed painting upside down and probably will try it again.