Title: “Blood & Tabula Rasa”
Blood: Encaustic, Oils, Glass Wax & Photography. On Wooden Board. 76.5 x 101.7cm
Tabula Rasa: Encaustic & Oils. On wooden Board. 76.5 x 101.7cm
Through painstaking research going back three generations, of both my own and my partners family systems, I produced a genogram, which is a way of identifying repetitive patterns of behaviour and recognising hereditary tendencies and psychological factors that punctuate relationships.
The first piece ‘Blood’ uses visually; both of the timelines, the main family trees and portraits of myself and my partner. It represents the things we carry through generations, the weight we carry of other people’s trauma, pain and suffering. These are the old patterns melting away.
The second piece ‘Tabula Rasa’ represents the freedom we obtain through that knowledge, the enlightenment, and the fresh start. As we often see life and events as being black and white, I wanted to emphasise this and subtly leave grey areas within the piece. The tree is a Bodhi tree, this represents the power of enlightenment through the knowledge obtained.