31 January 2014

IDEA Awards Submission

So for the last month I've been working like a mad woman on this piece.  It's three 36" by 36" canvases painted with acrylic.  I've never worked so big in such little time.  I had a dream early on about it, and I was specifically told not to over-work.  So it was an experiment with trying not to be perfect, being okay with it, and moving on.  I like how it turned out.  I'll get better pictures of it later to show the details, but the submission was due today and this is what I had!

This was the essay I wrote to accompany it.  Don't really know what anyone will think of it.  I had a lot more that I wanted to say, but it's probably for the best to keep it short.  Enjoy!

“Nostagia” IDEA Awards competition
By Lily "Sky" Bergsma-Rockenbach

 According the Merriam-Webster dictionary, nostalgia is defined as an “excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition.” What makes people different is our passionate yearning through memory and desire. This has always been one of our biggest obstacles, and the challenge of overcoming it can only be achieved through a state of peace and acceptance.

The painting “Nostalgia” is a triptych made up of 3 canvases, each measuring 36-by-36 inches, which together represent a romanticized landscape that melds geometry and geography. Each canvas is displayed spaced three inches apart in order to match the main element of the work: a 12 by 12 circular grid creating six-inch diameter circles in a four by four pattern behind a 270-degree view of Vancouver B.C.

"Nostalgia" was created specifically for the SAM unit at VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation. I have given much thought into the composition, colour, and philosophy behind the imagery.  Most importantly, I hope for my ideas to be inherent to the viewer so anyone could find themselves lost within the piece. Isolated geographical areas have been distorted to create a balanced composition that accentuates mountains, city, and sea while still representing a space that is recognizable. In order to capture the essence of what makes this city desirable I needed to seamlessly balance these three elements on a micro and macro level in which anyone could escape reality. Most ideas behind colour theory psychology are that it is a new-age approach to therapy, yet I find that it holds true on some level, and is always important when considering design. The undertone of this painting is turquoise, which is both calming (blue) and energizing (yellow) and promotes mental and emotional stability.

My own particular philosophy has penetrated the work through the use of geometry to create a romanticized symmetric structure. If I were to take ideas from the German philosopher Friedrich Schelling, geometry would be my way of uniting mind and matter by giving a way for our senses to perceive spirit through structure. Where there is no form there is only space, and through this is the key to nostalgia because it is the mind that fills the void with thought and from thought comes being. To be: to have a sentimental yearning for life and an absolute abandon until we reach peace and acceptance.

In conclusion, I have created this triptych, “Nostalgia,” for no other reason then for it to be placed in the SAM unit of the VGH and UBC Hospital foundation. My hopes is that this painting is of consideration. Every element of this work has been crafted for its intended audience and I would be honoured if I could, through my artwork, aid and add comfort to the healing process of those in need.

 Thank you.

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