WORK IN PROGRESS⚠︎
Photo 1: Today Photo 2: Day 1 Photo 3: portrait of me somewhere in the middle stages by @somerrunner
An interesting question - how does my work show how I see the world?
I see it like this: it’s fragmented. Shattered.
I’ve lived in Seattle for 13 years and I think the experience of living in a very busy city environment inevitably feeds into the way I perceive and understand things.
It interests me that this painting reflects our world at the moment. How disjointed it is. I didn’t set out to do that but I’m very conscientious of our time and how isolated people are and how this influences my decisions at the easel.
I used to get so bummed out about everyone walking around ignoring each other wearing their headphones all the time. So distracted, hardly aware of anyone else. Now that has shifted, people are now almost hyper vigilant and they move away from you, getting out of the way of each other. The way we move down the street has changed. Now even if they’re not bumping into you because they’re on their phone, they’re acknowledging your humanness as though you were toxic and taking up space. In some ways, I think this transition into a pandemic was made too easy but the disconnect that our devices started. The phone was the real death of society, not a virus. Even me, I’m just as guilty of this.
I definitely think there’s something to be seen here, the subjects in the piece seem to be almost unaware of each other. The butterflies are going in different directions, the fox is gazing away from them flying all around him. They are in the same physical space but they are not connected.
This painting has so many stories. And I don’t think I’m ready to write the final chapter just yet.
You can find the first narrative about this on earlier posts.
Acrylic on canvas on hope 3’x4’.
Aliza and Her Monsters