I originally started this for a group show themed transparency early in the year, but the show never materialized and I finally “finished” the painting a month ago.
I wanted to document the portrait before I started playing around with adding some dimensional elements—I’ve previously used veils of painted tracing paper or similarly delicate materials to overlay paintings, but I’m interested in making more structural additions and this is going to be my test piece.
Last night I was in a little group show put together by the same friends as Reading Paintings in April (again utilizing the bare walls and empty space of an apartment just moved-out-of). This one was called In My Room, roughly inspired by the Beach Boys song, and with the requirement that each piece be monochromatic in a shade of blue selected by hostess Rachel Levit.
I was out of town until the day before, and finally got to sit down and make a piece yesterday about two hours before leaving for the show. After starting several really terrible tiny paintings, I made a three-dimensional cut-paper, wire and gouache life-sized cockroach glued on a pin so he stuck right into the wall. My friend bought it at a bar before it even made it to the show (where I hadn’t confirmed that I was bringing a piece, so I got to just sneak it up…)
Neighboring paintings featured are by Hannah Lee (first, last) and Jordin Isip (third, fourth), and a collaborated between the two (second). The mutual inclusion of nearly identical cockroaches was a happy fluke.