Trying something new is hard. Let's be real. Frankly, I've never liked stepping out of my own creative box. Its much easier doing something I know I'm good at than spending a crap-ton of time on something that ends up looking like it would fit better surrounded by the walls of a trashcan.
The "Palimpsest" piece (pictured above), was the exact thing to push me out of my comfort zone. I was painting on a foreign surface, using completely new materials, all while finding ways to maintain my 'artistic style'.
The word 'palimpsest' literally means something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form. My goal was to find something old (in this case, a pantry door), and transform it into something it was never intended to be.
The first challenge was how to keep the audience from immediately seeing a pantry door. First thought? Flip it on its side and take off the handle. That was a pretty quick fix.
I then incorporated my husband's photography as a collage element. I chose these photos in particular first, because of its geometric composition. Second, the picture brought about an image of an old neighborhood street with power lines guarding dilapidated houses.
I wanted to portray the sense of a passing through time, so I painted organic shapes on top of, and around each photograph to juxtapose the organic with the geometric. I found that the dark, geometric power lines, and the colorful, organic paint told a story of the past.
The benefit of using the photographs with the acrylic ink allowed me to push the compositional boundaries of the door. I didn't want to be constricted by the rectangular planes of the pantry. So with the use of the ink and the photographs, a sense of movement was created throughout the piece. Nothing about this painting is stagnant or standing in place.
You might be thinking, what the heck does the title of this blog have to do with anything? Some of my fellow GOT fans out there will get the reference "What is dead may never die". To be honest, I'm not exactly sure what that phrase means for the Iron-Born in the show, but I couldn't help but think of it as I wrote this post. The past lives on. Its never forgotten.
This pantry door is a new avenue to tell a story of ancient things that are so often forgotten. Only now its not forgotten. It has the opportunity to live on as something new and beautiful, while still reminding its viewers of the beauty of the past.