Today, I spent all day finishing my beaded painting. First, I added a little more to the collaged words. Some of the words are written in Bengali; you can take a closer look at them HERE. You’ll also see a sign which points in the direction of the London Underground. It directs viewers to the nearest air raid shelter because there are fighter planes overhead. These collaged planes are paper shapes which I glued to the stretched canvas and painted over with clear acrylic gloss. I also painted the cloud of smoke which pours out of a burning building. After the canvas dried, I then stitched each piece of beadwork in place. You can see my stitches HERE.
For those of you who are just passing by, this piece was inspired by the Banksy pink car I saw near Brick Lane in London, England. This piece is my interpretation of East London’s past, present, and future. It is also a direct reference to terrorism, genocide, war, and fear. Sadly, history continues to repeat itself…You can learn more about this car HERE. Or, take a long hard look at my beaded replica and remember…
Outside it’s America…
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glass seed beads, mixed media
24 x 30″