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25 August 2006 @ 01:38 am
Major Art Work  

by ellymelly
Hey guys, this is my major art work from year 12 - it's oil on canvas.

The work as a whole: (5m by 0.8m)

Click on the links under the thumbnails to enlarge. 




We had about 6 or 7 months to do this - however, like always I left everything to the last minute and I only had three days to finish the centre piece lol, I think I nearly killed my teacher, we were still waiting for it to dry the day before the truck arrived to take it into marking. Whoops... hehehe.

About the work: 

This body of work, Master of Time is essentially a study of both Leonardo da Vinci’s perception and endurance through time and of our own understanding of time. On these canvases is a split sunset that represents time in its many forms. By using a concept that is familiar to the audience, (the sunset) it is possible to trap an elusive concept. Time has been represented on multiple dimensions; the flat, under-layer implies the linear nature of time but also suggests like Monet, the infinite. The cube like structures are three dimensional and serve to try to capture all colours, or all moments in time. This is a concept familiar to the cubist movement whose intention it was to represent the object in its truest, multidimensional form. The cube structures spewing out from around the sun start off wild and chaotic until they migrate to the second large panel where they start to settle into solid structures which are similar to the huge galaxy superstructures which line the universe making this a visual representation of the evolution of the universe and the very essence of Time as it stretches from its momentary chaos into structure. The finish is not defined here – the cubes do not completely settle into the structures and this is because we don’t know what will happen to this fluid medium of Time. It’s similar to the way in which Monet’s water moved back and forth so that none of his paintings were the same, no sunset is ever the same and no Time is the same. The sun and the moon on this canvas re-apply our context and understanding of Time as these were used as our earliest measurement devices. What is ambiguous about this part of the work is that it is never made clear whether the objects are rising or setting, this unsettles us because, although we think we have a conventional method of containing Time, it fails without a point of reference. This questions our very ability to perceive Time in the way that da Vinci questioned our perception of depth through the disproportions of the Mona Lisa. In effect we have a series of Time constraints and rules that cancel the previous leaving us with just Time. The image of the circle throughout the work is the classical representation of perfection, the canvases can be stacked sun on moon so that this symbol becomes the prominent feature – the intention that Time has no boundaries, no beginning and no end.

The central panel is an adaptation of da Vinci’s study for an Angel’s head and was picked for the eerie look on her face. She is representative of both da Vinci and mankind sitting in the middle of this canvas knowing nothing and everything at the same time, part of the Time yet somehow removed.

Leonardo da Vinci was a master of Time as this work is a dedication to a man who embodied an unusual gift in perception and a scientific understanding of the nature of Time. The ‘Master’ in this title refers to his status and mastery over the Time of art itself.

This work is Oil on Canvas: 2 × (2 × 0.8m) and 0.5 × 0.8m.

(Anonymous) on August 24th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
ELLY! *bows at the awesomeness of paintings!!!!*

I love them still! Even if I had to carry one of those big heavy things up and down flights of stairs.
(Anonymous) on August 24th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
this is Caz, by the way lol
ellymelly: facepalmellymelly on August 28th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
*hugs caz* thank you for carrying it! LOL
sidhe1sidhe1 on August 24th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
Whoa! Awesome. You are so talented! I can draw a decent stick figure... :) Really, these are totally impressive. Thanks for showing them!
ellymelly: guiltyellymelly on August 28th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
no - thank you for looking at them! lol :D
Sapph: Beautysapphs on August 24th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
Oh my.... I hope you got good marks for this because it's truly beautiful.

I like the moon one most.
ellymelly: say whatellymelly on August 28th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
thank you sapphs for reviewing!
pennyfeline: seerpennyfeline on August 29th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
Oh my Gods, that is really, really good! *stunned*
ellymelly: big headellymelly on August 29th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
aww thanks! you're too kind :D