Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Bringing symbols up to date

I've been trying to work out a way of coming up with modern versions of the symbolism in the old paintings, as I don't just want to stick to the symbols we use today as that shows very little inventiveness. I came up with the idea of asking people in the studio what they thought symbolised different things today - for instance if a peach used to represent truth, what would you use to represent truth today? It was extremely interesting to hear everyone's interpretation of the question as they are varied so much! When asked what would represent 'wisdom', the various answers were 'teeth', 'wrinkles', 'owl's, and 'QI'. I'm looking forward to including these seemingly random objects into my drawings.

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