“Harmony” or “The Birthday Party”


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Above is a pouring medium piece called “Harmony”. I wanted to illustrate uniquely different elements in harmony. In this case, three primary colours rendered in simple, soft, curvy shapes.

I wanted to convey nature in primitive or fundamental form, depicted in harmony. I chose to illustrate the forms by way of the “amoeba”-like shapes. In order to stress the “building blocks of life” feel, I alluded to biological, microscopic and chemical elements in the white “chemical notation” markings:

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I wanted the larger forms in the background to be soft and muted; I wanted the smaller forms coming into focus in the foreground, to be clear, bright and vibrant. The feeling I wanted was to be reminiscent of those macro videos of biological functions of cells etc.. you know the ones right?

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I chose to expose the look of the bare wood on the sides to complement the soft background:

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I’m happy with the way this piece turned out. Along with the biological and chemical motifs of this piece, I especially like the minimal look and whimsical feeling.

Despite my intentions for this piece though, when I showed this to my son, he said it reminded him of a birthday party. Everyone takes away something unique to them.🙃

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