Richard Wilson works on a large impacting scale, which shocks a viewer. Wilson’s seminal installation 20:50, a sea of reflective sump oil, which is permanently installed in the Saatchi Collection, was described as ‘one of the masterpieces of the modern age’ by the art critic Andrew Graham Dixon in the BBC television series The History of British Art. I personally believe that this is due to the ‘on the edge’ feeling which you may experience when viewing, and entering the piece.
Creating an enigma, and confusing a viewer, is something which I hope to do with my project. By first painting the pot dolls bright garish colours which would not usually be associated with their tradition, and then leaving them alone outdoors – personifying them, I will hopefully create a similar response and emotion, though on a smaller scale.