It's important to understand that it is a representation of my inner state. At the moment I am strongly concerned with our imprint on the Earth. This includes but is not limited to our methods of recycling, global warming, waste, poverty, technology, etc. These topics have begun to take on a greater role in my life and have made me more aware of the detrimental effects it can have on the space that surrounds me. The notion that I have an effect on the space that I inhabit and in turn it affects me, has made me more aware of what I can do to change that space.

A few months ago I began a themed project on Water. As the project evolved I furthered my research and it began to take on something that extended beyond myself. The emotions of outrage and helplessness surfaced making me become more reflective in my creative production.

Expressionism "was inspired most heavily by the Symbolist currents in the late nineteenth-century art. Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and James Ensorproved particularly influential to the Expressionists, encouraging the distortion of form and the deployment of strong colors to convey a variety of anxieties and yearnings" (The Art Story). For me, I interpret expressionism as a representation of the inner state of the artist and using colour, gesture and ideas to convey meaning.

I am focusing on the development of this series by creating journal entries about how I feel about the work, what angers me throughout my week, what colours represent to me and how I will use them to express myself.

Although my original theme was strictly Ice, I think it's important to have a dialogue and to flow with the creation of this series. The series will instead focus on our influences on the environment and I will attempt to follow the evolution of the series instead of predetermining what I hope to achieve.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

I started the first of the expressionism paintings today. I painted a burning forest. You can interpret it how you would like.

I painted a burning forest because it represents my anger towards our effects on the environment. We are burning our planet and making it in hospitable. The colours I chose are of rage and darkness. What I see for the world. I swear I am an optimist.

It is still a work in progress, but I am hoping to have the painting completed before my reading week.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Final Painting: Burn

Alyssa McLean (2018). Burn, Acrylic on Canvas, 16x20.