My Tiny Studio ~ Forbidden Fruit
Having just completed the first compositions of a five set series entitled “The Awakening” in my new visual concept, namely the staging of physical objects together inside the confines of a cardboard box measuring 500x500x500mm, I was at a loss as to how I was going to find inspiration for the next piece.
Well that did not last long, for less than twelve hours later, yes that’s right, my MUSE once again woke me up just after 01h45 that very next morning and began to blast me with new ideas for my next challenge.
In my sleepy state I fumbled around for my cell phone and began to bash keywords into a self addressed eMail so that I would not forget all the ideas that my MUSE was bestowing on me. “Apple”, “Bonsai Tree”, “Railway Line”, “Ladders”, and so this list went on. I find if I do this, I can then at least catch a few more hours of much needed rest before the sun rises on a new day.
The challenge however was that my MUSE had confused me, since I was left with two very different visual concepts for this next project. On the one hand, I visualized a “Garden of Eden” scene, whilst on the other hand, I was considering a composition based on the “Snakes and Ladders” board game. I thought that this would be a nice extension of the first project, namely “The Awakening” which was based on the awesome game of Chess. But then, and quite unexpectedly, I decided to blend the two concepts into one cohesive theme, and so the “Forbidden Fruit” composition started to take shape.
Why a “Behind the scenes” look?
I am a strong believer in not showing the “behind the scenes stuff” since it potentially removes the mystique behind the final Artwork, but again in this case, I believe that you will find it all rather fascinating, more so when I tell you that everything you see in the final Artworks was sourced, built, photographed, and then finally “digitally massaged” into forming the compositions. No additional external digital content was used at all, and this is how I would like to keep it for future “My Tiny Studio” projects, i.e. “virgin content” that has never been used by anyone else.
A deeper look into my thought process, “hidden messages”
It’s no secret that music plays a very important role in my creative process, and to this end, you will often find subtle references to songs and or musicians in many of my works. These “hidden references” may of course may be more obvious to my immediate family as opposed to the general viewing public. Whilst my first project was inspired by the musical CHESS, you will find artists like Fiona Apple represented in this project. There is also a very personal reference to Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” included in my “Garden of Eden” scene. I am reminded of our late son Jonathan who almost managed to perfect this specific guitar piece before he himself climbed the proverbial “Stairway to Heaven”.
As always, each new project brings with it the requirement to go shopping, which in itself can be rather fun.
The Shopping List
Sourcing all the various bits and pieces / props for this project proved to be rather challenging. For example, I had to visit five different nursery’s on a bitterly cold day before I found the right size bonsai tree. Then I had to go searching Art Supply Stores for the “wooden hand”, eventually found the right size one. And then off to the Crazy Store to find some “snakes’. On a side note, snakes and I don’t mix very well, and I even got the creeps when handling these rubber ones. Lastly, off to the pet shop to buy some ladders to complete the concept. Also decided to incorporate some tiny Christmas lights into the scene to add additional drama.