Still Life Series

My inspiration for this range comes from Italian painter Giorgio Morandi’s still life[1]. This motif can be a cliché as many potters and artists have been influenced by this legendry painter’s work. Interestingly many artists’ work that have been influenced by Morandi shows the element of Morandi but each artists shows their own characteristics, too. So I have no problems using a clichéd subject.

My love for still life is not the actual objects themselves. I see ‘still life paintings’ as a reflection of the person who is looking at the object. That person can be the painter him/herself or the person who owns the still life. You are not looking at the object but looking at the person outside of painting through the paintings. Tone of painting, freshness/staleness, the atmospheric elements gives you the impression of life that is not actually painted on the canvas. Still life painting is an ultimate form of life painting in a way.

Similarly a poem of farewell by Jacques Prévert describes the action of ‘she’ but it is actually description of ‘his’ grief who cries at the end.

She sipped her coffee,

She did not say anything to me

She lit her cigarette

She did not say anything to me

She stood up

She did not say anything to me

She wore her coat

She didn’t say anything to me

She opened the door

She didn’t say anything to me

She walked away

And

I cried

In this poem description is about ‘she’, while you see ‘he' who is following her in his eye.

Back to Morandi, Morandi sometimes painted his objects before he painted them on his paper/canvas. My way of making this ‘special effect’ is to throw the pieces freely so that the neck of the bottles are not completely straight. Bottle forms sometimes resemble human figure as they have body shoulder and neck. Asymmetrical forms gives the bottles the ‘posture’ effect. It is easy to reflect life into lifeless objects. Faceting is another way to give it a ‘posture’ to the bottles. I do not facet the bottles all the way around. You can also see the round side of the bottle. It will give you wider option to compose the negative space, too.



[1]Giorgio Morandi (July 20, 1890 – June 18, 1964) was an Italian painter and printmaker who specialized in still life.