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Deconstruct and time

As per my previous post about Sokolowsko and being inspired by┬áBozenna Biskupska approach, this has inspired myself to look further at my own painting, ‘No time for art’.

I decided to prime left over canvas and then cut into strips. There were 14 strips and 19 frames per line. I wanted to look closely at the colours used in the painting, and different elements of the tree and the text. I gave myself a time limit per strip, 3 minutes and 30 seconds. The problems that I faced:

  • the colours I needed weren’t ready, which cut into some time by stopping to squeeze the tube of paint
  • the water that I was using by the 3rd strip needed to be changed.
  • the cat wandering in at one point and getting too close…


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At first it was really difficult to be able to paint so much in 3 minutes and 3o seconds. However, by half way through I felt much better prepared and time didn’t seem to be an issue. And by the end, weirdly enough I had time to spare.

The next step, I cut all the strips into individual frames. I was then lucky enough that my boyfriend was able to help me set up a faster way of the taking the photographs. By placing the iphone in a clamp, which allowed for each frame to be taken in the same position. We set up a small lamp and a white canvas to bounce the light.

I was then able to import the photos into Premiere Pro and make the below video. I do really like the clean aesthetic of the video how it moves fast, this being a representation of how time disappears in the everyday.

No time for art from Vanessa Gould on Vimeo.

Development of ideas

On the two canvases I decided to paint one that represents the fate of those who committed crimes in the UK and the other of a ship of convicts that were sailing in the ocean approaching the coast line of Australia.

The grey in Hangman also added to the mood of the place the person was leaving and was entering a new world, the perception of this new world could be bright and colourful, as it is unknown what is beyond this world.

In the below, which is a painting of the first fleet ship of the coast line of Australia. Is still in progress.

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