“Marjorie” is track 13 off of Taylor Swift’s ninth album evermore, and is a tribute to her late grandmother, Marjorie Finlay.
I recently lost my Granddad and currently experiencing similar feelings and thoughts the lyrics say especially coming up to Christmas at the time of making this, this song has a very special place for me and I think is very self-explanatory. 🧾
“Closure” is track 14 on evermore, which the narrator lays into an ex who can’t stand the idea that she’s still mad at him.
The lyrics of tears, beers and candles really stuck out to me though this song was the hardest to create an artwork and was the last one I created.
This piece is the only painted work throughout the series and I wish I did more now! I used the ideas of green bottles to covey the envy with some abstract colours of candles burning and glowing in the background. 🍺
Welcome to The “Sit Here In This Hurt” Series, where I will be responding to the album “evermore” in a range of mixed media processes. I will be starting with the last image to create a chronological order of posts. Please Enjoy x
The closing track on the standard edition of evermore is a meditative piano ballad tracking the narrator’s journey from a seemingly unending period of deep depression and hurt to a place of hope.
I used an outtake of my previous work as it created a dreamy feel for me and played with the ideas of lighting and really helped me when I was down at that time and helped me come to terms with certain things and express myself. 🌫
As entering another world with plot twists, secrets and lots of keys. The Netflix Original Locke and Key series, inspired by the comics series by Joe Hill is an absolute must watch!
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Each key in the series had a magical power. The Echo Key could bring back people from the dead, the Matchstick key could set things alight, the Anywhere Key could take you anywhere you wanted to go and so on. However, one Key that stood out to me the most was the Head Key. A key that would open a keyhole in the back of your neck and you could enter your own mind. This got me thinking of what my mind would look like what sections there would be throughout it.
Coming back to university we were given a task of identity and what perfect time it was to put my inspiration to use. In the film, the insides of their minds were gigantic rooms with Kinseys being a mall and Bodes being an arcade.
I created an artwork and complimentary video called “On Entry.” Inspired by the series and the artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez within the comic.
On Entry is a one minute video complimented with a digital art piece of what makes up my brain and my identity.
The video is focused on all the different parts of the brain such as the frontal lobe which focuses on emotions and creativity; The Parietal Lobe which is connected to senses and language and finally the Temporal Lobe which is responsible for memory and emotions.
The video is all handmade of different materials I think best represent my mind within a box covered in Fragile tape. I originally wanted to create an immersive space but at the moment we are all feeling boxed in and wanting to get out, similar to overthinking during the lockdown. The Fragile tape represents the play of the fragility and agility of the brain itself.
Each part is decorated and tied to be in front back and middle part of the brain which shows the lobes and their meanings.
The video is shot on an endoscope which has the feeling of going inside myself and looking within, which I have done during lockdown with lots of self-reflection ready for my final year at university. The back of the brain represents my fears and the things I try to push to the back of my mind, the fear of being watched, illness and disease, not many people know this about me but I have a fear of reflections which is quite ironic from someone described as vain!
The toy cars depict my thoughts rushing around my mind 110mph not knowing what they might crash into. The side of the walls has jumbled letters which spell out Conspiracy as everyone knows I love a Conspiracy theory and my memories of Jasper. Also inside I have building blocks which show the building I do on myself and having a thick skin. I have a photo of my boyfriend in there too as I have lots of memories about him also. The pencils on the top show my creativity and my love for art itself, as well as some previous Censorship work in there too.
The music played within the work is muffled as in you’re in my brain and hearing it from the outside which conveys the immersive feel I wanted to create, it’s all a bit random and chaotic which I think signifies my mind and also has a nod back to my previous lockdown artwork 3:06 am.