Diptych 06: Charlotte & Laura – “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 polycotton fabric): Acrylics, vinyl paints, medium, gesso, charcoal powder, water-based inks, permanent-ink markers, and matte varnish
Detailed description of the work
I have affectionately worked on this diptych, enjoying every moment of responding to the delicate fuzzy texture and colourful flowery pattern of the backdrop. To bring emotion into this composition, I wanted to somehow revere the bright yellow flowers against the dark and light purple tones – all of which seemed to enhance the concept of romance, happiness and celebration. To do this, I used both large and small rounded brushes.
This artwork is special to me because it was when painting these pieces that I become more conscious about the natural way art seems to be helping me to create relationships in this world – whilst at the same time using my visual narrative to depict life’s many day-to-day experiences of joy and romance.
My passion is to take my small part to play in being responsible for collective change, which always happens individually, person-by-person, event-by-event. The realisation came to me that I might be able to give a chance to couples like ‘Charlotte & Laura’ to discover the colours of life; to celebrate from within their own feelings. Sometimes this entails saying goodbye to the darkness; to say something provocative within a given culture, in ritual or in worship; perhaps only in a small way, behind closed doors.
I wanted to create an inspiring painting, giving healing to others but also to myself; exploring both emotions and conflicts. I consider it to be healing on multiple levels to become more self-aware and to find resolutions about life, no matter who you are and how you love. This is thus a great depiction of fearless love for a warm-hearted art-collector.