The process and methodology
As I started to follow these ideas, I began to think how to research everyday life with an artistic method. Not being able to control the material somehow led me to use equipments in a way that doesn't allow me to be precise. The method relates to everyday life as one cannot control it either. They both are based on instinct. To me the aim to paint directly on linen emphasizes permanence of the moment. Techniques that allow accidental drops of paint to spread on unplanned areas create uneven results. In contrast, these results are thorough in their randomness so that it becomes a part of a process with experimentation.
Even if the idea of my process was somewhat clear in my mind, it wasn't as easy to transfer onto the empty linen. I was reading Stig Baumgartner's doctoral thesis and found similar thoughts as well.
"Pyrkimys maalata abstrakti teos vaikuttaa kuitenkin paradoksilta: miten siis maalata ei-esittävä, näkymätön, henkinen tai idea, tai miten maalata tai piirtää jotain ilman merkitystä?"2
"The aspiration to paint an abstract artwork seems paradoxical: how to paint non-figurative, invisible, spiritual or idea, or how to paint or draw something without a meaning?"
Even though my aim wasn't necessary to go into abstract visualizations, I was still faced with the same problem of non-abstract forms. If going back to my former questions on how does boredom look, I'm thinking should I follow my stereotypical ideas of it or try to capture the feeling of boredom. This question still haunts me. To use boring elements, lets say squares and circles and draw them into a canvas seems an easy way. Is the research process then concluded? Then again there are other issues that are related towards the chosen shapes. Why circle? Why is it boring? Is it the perfection of it or its commonness? Is perfection boring? For these questions there was only subjective answers. A certain loop of thinking was still there.
Below there's an image showing the process of my work. The doing led me away from the idea of a perfect circle as I started to follow my intuition. Good day! led me to think a sunny day, a naive happiness on evergreen fields. The image is used so often it becomes a boring example. Still, there is something else. It is an image that reflects the perfection on an ideal level. Even though it consists of several elements that can be drawn in different styles, it delivers the same message.