8" x 10"; painted and fused fabrics; affixed to 3/4" painted canvas
This photo of me in my first car, a BMW 2002, was taken when I was 16. I am sitting in the driveway of my parents' home and may have only had my learner's permit at this point. I couldn't wait to drive. Driving meant freedom, independence, and adulthood. When you are sixteen you sure don't know what you don't know!
Looking back, I tend to paint that time with a "golden brushstroke", filtering out what was unpleasant and only remembering things through my adult perceptions. Because our challenge concept is fluid and flexible, I began to think how to reinterpret this photo in a way that would be meaningful to me. As I thought about things, I realized that although I am in the photo I am not the main event. My memories of that time are what stand out for me and are most important. The car itself and not my image represents for me possibility and promise. So the piece became more about me working on it, remembering a time and place, and not a piece that would show a final picture of me. In the end I wanted something to remember what I thought was important about that time which was the car and all it represented to me.
I altered the colors a bit to emphasize a feeling of light and shadow; gold and orange colored fabrics, darker batiks in the foreground and a painted sky. My style is to simplify forms and outline them if possible to create a "graphic' effect. The car body and wheels have been altered with chalk pastel pencils. I am on an "Impressionist" kick and so the border is fused bits of fabric to create an effect of filtered light through foliage (or so I hope!). The last pic shows what I was going to do with the border. Glad I changed that! Thanks for reading. Enjoy!