This artwork was created for the Twitter Art Show. As anyone who Tweets will know, each message on Twitter has to be 140 characters or less.
A key requirement was that the piece must be 140 square inches or less. I took this idea and chose an 8″x8″ board box, and gridded it into 12″ by 12″ squares. This of course gives me 144 squares, over the 140 limit on Twitter. I left four of these squares completely unpainted, with the primer showing.
These blank squares represent those who have had their voices silenced, around the world, cut off from these networks of communication and information sharing that we in the West so take for granted.
The little Twitter bird sits on a branch, watching the messages travel around the branches of our networks.
Maybe my Artists Statement sums it up best (in 140 characters or less):
[12 sq. -4] = 140 squares of color, a grid of 144. Four squares are blank for the silenced voices. The Tree connects us; talk in the forest.
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I love this painting, Alison! Nicely done. I’m digging all your tree paintings lately.
The new header with your painted letters looks great too. I might not do rounded corners though, because it makes a funny little triangle where the curve meets the straight lines of the top nav and Twitter box.
Oh, and that’s a very chic new profile pic of you. Looks like it belongs on a book jacket!