First painting of 2013. Sneak preview posted here, watch for upcoming show dates. Pop Surrealism.
Titled Romancing the Squirrel, and also known as Topiary Squirrel, and alternatively as “I Love You Big Bush Squirrel!”
Idea to riff of the popular culture movie from 1980’s called Romancing the Stone, where the plot was a treasure hunt to find the largest emerald in the world shaped like a heart called La Carazon. This was my take on the idea using a heart, and emerald coloured squirrel found in a Victorian, topiary garden.
Shows a young girl reaching up in adulation to a giant topiary squirrel set in a manicured garden maze. The title references the ’80’s film Romancing the Stone, about an adventurous treasure hunt. The visual tension unherent in tamin g a wild creature within the higly manipulated branches of a topiary speak to the human interactions with nature, complicated by Victorian symbolism of the manicured garden as a reflection of virtue.
- Aaren Madden, Focus Magazine