With the theme 'Escape' set for October - November, I thought this was going to be an easy task as the word 'escape' has quite a variety of interpretations - to break free from something; avoid danger; seep from a crack; to elude; an inadvertent or involuntary exclamation; etc.
Two ideas came to mind, but not at the same time. While driving along a city street not long after the theme was announced, I noticed some fire escapes on a couple of older, multi-storey buildings - these images resonated with me so I had my 'idea'!
But after a period of sketching and paper shuffling, I felt that, although the design was taking shape, there was something lacking. I went into limbo for a while…
One night I woke in the middle of the night with another, quite obscure idea, and decided to try this one out instead (I have a habit of doing this!). However, this piece eventually proved a dark and depressing abstract work that I have put aside for another incarnation.
So back to plan A...
'Fire' is quite self-explanatory. I took a few photos around the city and used ideas from these to create the mix of steps and ladders - wobbly, insecure and 'flat'. After studying some graffiti art, I created the quilt graffiti. I think this is the first time I've ever put graffiti on anything! The flames painted on the wall, and the wobbly, tangled steps, hint at the hesitation one might feel at going down these fire escapes, despite an absolute need to do so when flames are licking at your heels.
I drew the graffiti using Inktense blocks, replicating the colours used for the steps and ladders.
|Fire! - detail 1|
The piece is quilted in a random mix of straight lines and curves, hinting at the shapes and letters found in graffiti art.
|Fire! - detail 2|
More of my work can be seen on my blog.