I have started to overprint the under image with deep and cerulean blue. The surface was than blasted with a jet of water to achieve a range of accidental effects and bleeding colour stains. I have tried to control this process with sponges and used brushes to direct the glaze to specific areas on the piece. Subsequently, the top layer is divided into smaller compositional areas and the pattern of poppies is somehow more difficult to decipher. The next step is to continue with the printing process, while extending the colour pallet and move towards using gold.
Gold and its metaphorical significance is integral to the overall creative intention and the language of visual communication.
Opulence and ugliness; value and kitsch; ultimate symbol of desire and repulsive reality – my thinking is inspired by the two references below:
Marc Quinn, Siren, 2008
Maurizio Cattelan: “America”, 2016 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Recently, this piece was stolen from Blenheim Palace. It was exhibited on loan from the permanent collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.