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The finished frame

I used casting resin and an old paint brush to “glaze” the plastic on to the frame. The cardboard I had already painted (as discussed in a previous entry) and the double sided tape worked well together in creating a less porous surface. By using this technique to resin seal the frame, it left the back of the cardboard almost untouched and therefore should I need to I can use gorilla glue to attach the frame to the canvas.

The idea behind the frame stems from wanting to incorporate single use plastic food packaging (a wasteful human consumption product) to add an environmental layer to heighten the piece and to tie in everyday objects with everyday impacts to our planet. I have in the past explored different techniques to incorporate plastic into my artworks with some varied outcomes, some successful and others to be explored further or parked in an exploratory moment. I am really interested in ways to reuse plastic in my work and I think it has a lot of potential as a material with many ways in which it’s form can be manipulated.

Resin Teapots filled with painted plastic Exhibited at The Djanoglly Gallery 2019

Experimenting exploring light effects with shaped painted plastic

A keyring experiment

The painting being framed reminds me of the eloborate frames used on Renaissance and Baroque works of art and I wanted to bring a contemporary twist to mine. The frames, in my opinion, are works of art in their own right from the exquisitely carved frames to the extravagantly gilded golden statements. I like the idea that the frame maintains the still life painting as separate from the world and establishes a position to protect it by creating a boundary. I am feeling quite optimistic that the still life painting will compliment each other and bring out the contradictions between the two.

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