Told you I fell in love with canvas as background! This is my third in a row (and I have already started the next one…). The idea for a piece on silence has been on my mind for quite some time and actually this is the second attempt. First one did not work as well as I had imagined it and got abandoned.
For this one I used a 24×30 cm canvas and attempted a mixed media approach for the background. I used torn pages from an old Greek dictionary which I decoupaged and then added hints of acrylic paint to give it a slightly aged, bordered look.
The funny thing is that on the day I started this project, my son came back from school with an assignment from his teacher to start a dictionary of his own. And so, we spent a whole evening in our living room table, mother tearing up a dictionary, destroying words and child writing a dictionary from scratch, creating concepts. Such is the harmony. My husband had a good laugh seeing us!
Lack of noise is not the silence I am talking about here. To find this silence you have to face, question and abandon all known words and concepts. Much like in the canvas, silence blooms after tearing down the mind’s dictionary.
And when this happens, words are again just words.