Painting by Belinda
Inspired by The Kiss, 10.02.18
"I really loved the process of working on this painting. It was a very personal and emotional experience....
Even though I started with The Kiss, I was inspired by my mum, who passed away last year from Motor Neuron Disease.
She was only 72 years old when she died, and I feel her life had so much unfinished business. So I left the frame of the canvas unpainted, to reflect this lack of closure.
I tried to employ colours and techniques that would have been meaningful to her. Her favourite colours were mauve and purple, so these are central to the painting. I used a messy style of flowers made of dots on her dress, as she loved artists like Monet and Renoir.
I constructed myself as the blue circle near the top – a humble servant, protecting her with my love as she slowly faded from life. I often felt like her protector, as she suffered a great deal in her life. I sometimes helped her stay grounded, so the blue of my head is similar to the blue ground we stand on.
On my head sits a gold Jewish cap, formed of the same gold that surrounds my mother’s head in the painting. The cap is a symbol of the Jewish values she passed on to me both me and my children.
Finally, even though The Kiss has lots of gold in it, I used this colour very sparingly and carefully. Gold was my mother’s favourite in jewellery, which I always felt was important to her, as she carried with her a heartache for the sufferings of Jewish people in the Holocaust and all the wealth and gold that the Nazis stripped from their victims. So in the painting gold is used in a way that emanates from my mother: it’s highly concentrated on her dress, then radiates around her. And here, in her death, gold covers her head, like an Egyptian Mummy that lasts through time. And my final touch is a crown of mauve spots covered in gold.
I’d like to think that, surrounded in love and mauve and gold, my mother would have been happy."
Rain or shine, we paint! Yesterday's #classepetitsocial was all about The Kiss 💋
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