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Name: Harriet Stone
School: Chesham Grammar School
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: As an artist, I mostly like to experience work in which I can appreciate the artistic skill, as well as the idea and message behind the piece. In this way, many would argue that my inspiration must surely come from old masters, of the likes of Caravaggio and Harmen Steenwyck. It is true, I do admire their paintings and the intense realism with which they can depict objects and emotions. However, I feel the term 'modern art' has been hugely misunderstood by many, who see it simply as 'ideas art': where the 'artist' puts forward no artistic skill of their own. I disagree. There is a huge variety of work, which is both contemporary, and emanating skill. One only has to look at the work of the up-and-coming genre of hyper-realism, with notable names, such as Pedro Campos and Roberto Bernardi, to see that 'modern' art has much more to offer, than the often scoffed at 'blob of paint on a page' or 'a single line on a canvas'. My main passion however is surrealism, which combines both huge artistic ability and wild ideas. Particularly the work of surrealist master, Salvador Dali. Pure genius.
Title: Misled Reality
Description: Two fried eggs. One painted directly onto a frying pan, the other hanging bizarrely from black thread, reminiscent of Salvador Dali's painting, 'Oeufs sur le plat, sans le plat'. Both link to the deceptive Trompe L'Oeil style. The two eggs mainly represent people; with one being the 'norm' and the other being a representation of the abnormal and eccentric. With the egg being apart from the pan, the fact of the egg being connected by a very thin thread, shows the impermanence of the connection between us and firm ground. As the thread is all that is stopping the egg falling into the abyss. The pan is upside-down to convey the instability of our world, and our need to hold onto what we know, even if it would be easier to let go. The hanging egg, being visibly more noticeable, also means that it is more vulnerable and open to scrutiny. In most artwork, the egg symbolises life, similarly to in my work, where they represent people and their attachment to life. I decided to use visible black thread, to make a point of the egg being loosely connected to the pan.
Medium: Acrylic on a frying pan and card
Width: 37.5 Height: 42 Depth: 23
Keywords: Trompe L'Oeil, Dali, Life, Symbolism