Reading the Interior
For this assignment I have looked at the impact an interior space can have when you mix multiple spaces together. I have chosen 4 paintings online, that represent spaces with different materials and qualities, are from different eras therefore showing different periods of style and furniture. I chose images with open doorways, windows, different flooring and furniture styles to be sure that I have a good mix of styles.
I then cut them up digitally and mixed them to change the image either slightly or completely. I placed the doorway image into another, I added furniture from one to a space in another, dividing them with architrave or furniture and different flooring. The colour palette on a few of the paintings are very similar so these changes aren’t drastic, but with the two colourful paintings you can see that the style of furniture isn’t aesthetically pleasing. This task was great fun, once I had refreshed my knowledge of using Photoshop, I played around with different scenarios and produced 10 different iterations.
I made a catalogue of the paintings with an explanation of why I had chosen them and an analysis of the different qualities within each painting.
I then made a presentation of 10 different interiors using parts from each image with an explanation of why I created them in that way, whether I think it worked or not. Each one progressive and an improvement on the last.
Fig. 1 – Mary Dawson Elwell’s Still Life Quick Heart https://stilllifequickheart.tumblr.com/post/3335603008/mary-dawson-elwell-the-yellow-interior-1934 (accessed 24.3.23)
Fig. 2 – Beautiful Monday by Léon de Smet https://www.annettefienieg.nl/2016/09/26/mooie-maandag-leon-de-smet/ (accessed 24.5.23)
Fig. 3 – Airing the Kitchen by Alison Rector https://stilllifequickheart.tumblr.com/post/58087363184/alison-rector-airing-the-kitchen-21st-century (accessed 24.5.23)
Fig. 4 – Abraham van Strij – Interior with a maid, a girl with a dog, and a map of Dordrecht http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2016/old-master-british-paintings-l16030/lot.825.html (accessed 24.5.23)