Sunday, April 08, 2007

Porn Again

I'm sorry not to have been more disciplined about updating this blog during the past couple of weeks. It's just another thing I've let slip during my two-week break from, well, everything.
I went back to painting this weekend. I finished three watercolours in two days for my mini-show with Metro 5 Gallery at Art Melbourne '07. It felt a little like walking a tightrope without a net, very different from the slow, painstaking process required by my large enamel work. Each brush stoke was loose, almost careless, and so fast, there was a visceral edginess about the action. I suspect the finished images teeter on the edge of being pastiches of Brett Whitely's porn'-ish drawings from the '70s but right now, I don't care. They're inspired by an intense, twisted narrative of lust, indulgence and self-destruction that insinuated itself into my 'real' life unexpectedly, not so long ago. The graphic depiction of sex in candy-like colours is the only way I've been able to make any sense of it.

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