Laissez-faire, cabinet with three cupboards and three drawers.
Laissez-faire, postmodern design, elements were chosen for their symbolic values and use language as a model. The three linguistic signs, symbol, index and icon are employed in the design.
Laissez-faire tells a story about Capitalism who’s ideological definition is, that the earths natural resources are transformed through process in to utility and wealth to the benefit of mankind. However this has changed through time and now it’s utility is mostly superfluous. It exploits the earth, it’s oceans and resources and the people involved in its process and those who are benefactors of its utility. It has fostered an era of individualism and separation that is lacking humanity.
The skulls are developed from photos I took at Choeung Ek, Cambodia (iconic signs). I needed a random, organic pattern to represent the natural resources and developed the Stuff pattern for the base. By sprinkling barley, then through photo, drawing and computer techniques to achieve the end result (indexical sign). The colours, forms and configuration were chosen for their symbolic values.
The creative process is in two steps, the first results in a painting that is a symbolic representation of the subject and the second step is to use the images as structural components in the final outcome.
Laissez-faire 1, was the solution at the end of the first stage.
(Shortlisted by the Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition).
Acrylic on linen, height 90 cm x 150 cm.
Acrylic on canvas, 30 cm x 30 cm.
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