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So I thought I would share a bit of a work in progress now that I’ve got underway with drawing for my final piece. Here are the portraits I’ve drawn so far…

I started off working through alphabetically but then decided to throw caution to the wind and just draw at random from my friends list. Once I have all the portraits drawn I will arrange the individual images in relation to one another in regards to the overall appearance.

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My ‘UPside’ is inspired by the ephemera we keep throughout our lives as souvenirs of happy events. These old postcards, receipts, photographs and ornaments serve as memory triggers, transporting us back to these occasions. Through the series of works, I wish to explore the concepts of memory, nostalgia and sentimental value.

© Aine Cassidy, 2010

So I was thinking about my own personal reasons to be cheerful and kept coming back to the idea of “Friends” (…not the TV show!).

Good friends are always there when you need them, and even when you don’t. They are there to share the good times and can help make a bad situation seem less so.

My idea is to draw a collection of portraits of my friends. I am imagining the final piece to be large format (maybe A1) with the individual portraits being relatively small in size, so that there would be a large number of portraits included. I mocked-up this idea using a selection of repeated images from birthday cards I’ve made in the past…

My aim with the final piece would be to create a satisfying overall appearance which rewards closer viewing with the individual faces and expressions.

This is the first piece I have been working on recently. I am always inspired by technological and industrial themes so I ‘ve made a bit of my own Up machine in this one. The theme of the exhibition is Up so I came up with this Choco Happy Making Machine which fuels with hot chocolate boxes – I have not put the details yet- and it constantly brings you up to the the big sunflower which is symbolic of the sun. It also reflects my preference for chocolate. This was based from initial thoughts in my sketchbook and have developed them on an A2 surface which will be a part of 3 or 4 pieces all together depending on the available space that each will be very relative to each other.

UPside exhibition

Show:
13.09.2010 — 07.11.2010

Private view:
Tuesday 21.09.2010

Open:
Mon-Sat 12.00—23.00
Sun 12.00—16.00

Medcalf Gallery
38-40 Exmouth Market
London EC1R 4QE
habda@medcalfbar.co.uk
07980587378
www.medcalfbar.co.uk

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