My premise for this work is Shakespeare. I get lots of inspiration from Shakespeare's works.
|Midsummer Night's Dream Quote, Partially obscured|
In this particular work, I was inspired by the quote from A Midsummer Night's Dream; (above). It has to do with finding a certain flower, that when you rub the juice of the flower on a person's eyelids while they sleep, the first person they see when they wake up they will fall madly in love with.
So, I thought, what if a scientist decided to distill the juice of this fabled flower, and make a potion from it, so that the lady he adores will finally notice him and return his affections.
|Closeup of Matruvial Man and antique postcard of a young lady|
I imaged my scientist as being shy, quiet, withdrawn into his plant studies. He gazes longingly at his beloved,
She does not know he exists. So, he makes a potion to help love along, in the hope of bringing true love into his life. Will it work? It is an experiment after all!
|definition of science from the dictionary, photocopied,|
|Clip are of an antique microscope and some textured areas blotted with paint|
I added the microscope, and some random block letters to the upper right hand corner, to complete the visual idea of science and the scientific method. I used some heavy gel medium to breat lines of raised texture below the microscope, and some more layers of paint and glazings to add depth to the area. Note how the letters from the French text seem to just emerge from the canvas. That's a lot of glazes of paint to make it look that way.
Full sized image, a 16 x 20 canvas collage using paint, text, quotes, postcards, found art, clip art, and lots of time and imagination. The collage took several months to complete.
|The Science of Love, by Lily Silver, 2011|