This was done about a year ago now and was meant to be a conceptual piece but it went nowhere and I eventually lost interest. I decided it was finished enough to be varnished and hung as is instead of tossed out. Working from home, I have become very familiar with the house across from ours and have always been attracted to these kind of pastel colored houses popular circa (I’m guessing) the 1950’s that now typically belong to senior citizens. I digitally fractured the house and pieced it back together before painting in an attempt to add a sense of tension and emotional collapse. There is something about the architecture, the gaudy colors, the shingled awnings, the style of the shades and curtains, the often strange and numerous lawn ornaments (many times including a Mary statue equipped with sky blue painted dome, at least in our neighborhood) that strike me as endearingly tacky yet also inspire fantastical, nostalgic feelings.
I can remember having the same feeling during a childhood trip to Disney World when I was navigated through “It’s A Small World”. Maybe it was something about the way the shallow pools were painted a similar light teal (I remember seeing cracks in the paint revealing he dirty metal tubing underneath once the boat moved into the harsh light of day – I think even as a kid that gave me a slightly depressing, saccharine sweet impression of everything), or maybe it was the walls lined with flimsy, multi-colored landscapes and animatronic puppets – all attempts to immerse children and adults alike in a world of pure fantasy, but only managing to do so in a fairly primitive, hokey and transparent way.
I think this fascinates me because it all symbolizes a sheltered and anesthetized mindset, and when placing it in the context of early to mid-20th century America, it seems very fitting as this was a time when public relations came to define us and we began associating unrealistic ideals and fantasies with products, becoming more distracted than ever from an outside world full of war and poverty, as well as from our own real-life problems.
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