Original: 100cm x 100cm | acrylic, gold leaf, and hand dyed cotton thread on raw canvas. Completed in 2019.
‘Friendship Ending’ captures a poignant moment in life when we eagerly embark on new friendships, brimming with hope and potential. We invest our time and energy, believing in the promise of something beautiful. However, as expectations shift and exhaustion sets in, we come to realize that friendships can be as delicate as a bouquet of flowers—initially captivating but fleeting. In this painting, the focus is on loose and gently distressed feathers, adorned with delicate glimmers of gold leaf, floating gracefully without a Sparrow in sight.
Upon first glance, the piece dazzles with its vibrant colors, but beneath the surface, it carries a deeper, more nuanced tone. Toxic Aconite symbolizes caution and the awareness of negativity, while a withered pink Tulip represents the realization of an ending friendship. Blooming orange Lilies conceal feelings of resentment and disdain, while Petunias mirror the anger stemming from heated disagreements. Meanwhile, scattered Buttercups at the composition's base symbolize moments of childishness, ingratitude, and wavering loyalty. Through this artwork, we explore the multifaceted nature of friendships, acknowledging both their initial beauty and the complexities that lie beneath the surface.
High quality print on 310g/m² Hahnemühle William Turner paper (or similar*).
*Depending on what paper is available at a printer local to you.