|Work in progress (still untitled) diptych by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki, acrylic, 20x48|
This is the first time I've planned to make a painting that consists of multiple panels. I have made a triptych some time ago, but in that case, the two side-panels were added years after the central image was done.
I am motivated by an idea from the literary world - the idea of creating a visual version of linked stories. For those interested in this concept, linked stories are stand-alone pieces of literature with something in common which gives a collection of them a greater meaning. They can be linked by common characters, by a common setting, or by a common theme. I love this concept because it gives the artist freedom to play with multiple pieces, to re-arrange them, separate them, or join them together.
In the world of visual art, we create meaningful bodies of work and present them in themed art exhibits. We also aspire to have our art in curated collections. On the smallest scale, the "mix and match" idea can be applied to the use of a multi-paneled format. So, this time, I wanted to challenge myself to create a composition that would work both as a diptych and as two separate pieces.
The main feature of the left panel is an island reflected in a glacial lake. The right panel's composition is established by the glacier and an interesting formation of rocks. Put together, the outline of the mountain and the rich chroma of the lake dominate the overall composition. At least I hope so! The piece is still a work in progress.
I am sharing a few steps of the creative process. The final image is reserved for the opening of my solo show in July in the beautiful Studio Connexion Gallery in Nakusp, BC.
I hope that this concept interests you and that you will consider it for your own artsy endeavors.