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Diptych 03: Lucas & Jules – “Rename Us as Strangers”

“Rename Us as Strangers”

2018 mixed media on canvas

200 x 90 cm - Panel

200 x 180 cm - Diptych

by Angel Correa

Technique and materials used

 

Mixed media on canvas (colour printed cotton fabric): Acrylics, vinyl paints, medium, gesso, charcoal powder, water-based inks, permanent-ink markers, and varnish

 

Detailed description of the work

I have ardently worked on this diptych, adding in succession the warm bright colours of red, orange and yellow to the silhouettes of these two figures who are the representation of a gay couple celebrating their wedding. The fabric was printed with tiny depictions of daisies and dots, all set against a blue backdrop.  I used a full array of brushes and painting rollers, along with water-based ink markers.

           

‘Otto & Hans’, as an artwork, has a distinct message for me, because it was whilst painting these pieces that I understood my reason to remain in studio, persevering when the London 2018 summer was beckoning.  I seem to be attracted to people who are living in the context of an array of intricate social, cultural and religious forces – often which conflict with each other.

 

The realisation came to me that this particular attraction is something I can use to give sense to what I’ve seen out there in the world.  It seems to be a desire deep within me to articulate a great many unstructured socio-political situations; the way I’m using my creativity and imagination is to translate them into a visual narrative.

 

I find myself drawn to the visual narratives which articulate the sense of ‘place versus space’ which seems to be part of the work of British artist and sculptor Antony Gormley. I wanted to create a big bright colourful painting, one which was full of happiness and vibrant energy but, in reality, depicted the surroundings of a gay celebratory wedding – which is not always like this, and is usually a secular celebration. 

 

As a man of faith myself, I have learned to accept that, in the House of God, sometimes there is darkness and disapproval.  This is a unique piece of very particular art for the fervent owner who may, like me, have wished to be married in a place of faith but who had to concede to a secular union.

“You may hold my hand for a while, but you hold my heart forever”Anon

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