Octopus´s Garden

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Exhibition: Breaking the Rules

Award Winner: Popular Vote Award

Art No: PP2476

Artwork Width: 102 CM (40.8 INCHES)

Artwork Height: 76 CM (30.4 INCHES)

Year Created: 2024

Medium: Acrylic

Surface: Canvas

From the first moment I knew about the exhibition "Breaking the Rules", I felt very attracted to this challenge of creating a work of great creativity and originality, which at the same time satisfied the requirement of breaking, for example, some compositional rules.
So, I decided to ignite my emotions, trigger my instincts and give free rein to my imagination, to create one painting that celebrates my individuality, sacrificing compositional norms, with the intended purpose of transmitting a clearer and a more forceful message that could be reached by the viewers at first sight, from the entire painting. I did not want to distract the viewers' attention with specific focal points, or light and dark contrasting spots, or strident color contrasts. I also avoided creating equilibrium.
The first thing I did was trying to “disguise” or “hide” the six focal points that I projected at the beginning of the creation process. I diluted their visibility within a thick multicolored amalgam of tiny details. My intended powerful message had the priority: man is an indissoluble part of Nature; there is a close interdependence between man, fauna and flora; man receives from Nature nourishment, protection, spiritual richness; and in return for all these blessings, man has the unavoidable commitment to care for, protect and preserve animal and flora species, while benefiting and healthily enjoying the natural beauties.
My painting Octopus's Garden is inspired by the lyrics of the Beatles song of the same title. “I'd like to be under the sea in an octopus's garden in the shade; he'd let us in, (he) knows where we've been…We would be warm below the storm; in our little hideaway beneath the waves; resting our head on the sea bed in an octopus's garden near a cave…” In these lyrics there is a clear message about the close interrelation between man, fauna, and flora, and the many benefits that man receives from this "solidarity" interdependence.
I confess that I undertook this project with fear that it would not result in a successful composition that would resonate with art lovers. But I assumed the challenge with pleasure, because it would allow me to submit my painting for a very competitive exhibition, at the same time that I could embrace my true self wholeheartedly. At the end, I enjoyed very much the whole creation process, since I was able to innovate and to imbue my work with the essence of my authentic artistic self.


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