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Colin - absolutely and quite deliberately surreal, sunny and funny/jokey/silly. Humour is very important to me.
I enjoyed doing this - it was fun.
You're right. The wardrobe is an oppressive object, heavy and static. Whereas, the fish is very much alive and on the move.
And folks, the story is true. I know; I was (am) that fish :-)
I think the fish looks like it is trying slowly move out of sight of the wardrobe. What you describe Deborah, are very difficult emotions - yet there is something playful about the images you are creating; the bright colours and a comic surreality.
In the picture, the fish is out of place - should be in the sea. It will surely die if it stays where it is.
And yet, it looks quite comfortable. It has adapted, perhaps, to fit the environment.
Adaptability: the key to survival.
The actual fish is a wooden one (of several) that lives on a shelf in my hallway.
Why are you a fish? And what fish?
I'mgetting scared of replying to you. Seems every time you do this art businesss you key into a truth for me.
This time its mostly about appearance, beingput down for what you look like, being underminedin your choices by your mother, wearing my hair too long. I wanted to do this all my life and finally grew a ponytail. Dad was keen on short back and sides. I once had a skin head to spite him. He thought it looked great. Seemed to help me head a ball. Which is where the uncles come in.Criticised for how i played football. Mockedfor not being hard enough, put down for refusing to kick people.
I suppose whatpeople tell you you end up choosing for yourself in the end - well as far as you can in the face of disempowerment
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