I wanted to juxtapose the understandings of Buddhist detachment with a common indulgence. The Buddha represents the ideals of independence from external things so there isn't a dependence on them for happiness. The cupcake represents just the opposite, indulgent wants and desires. The panda monks are there to illustrate the desires (worshiping) to want both things, independence and indulgences. Literally wanting the cake and to eat it too.
As with all my work, the presentation of this piece is to create a vintaged, found, look and feel. The intent is to make the physicality of the work to feel hand made, a bit rough, and appear as if it were old and found somewhere. When I get an idea, I source all the materials I need to complete the scene. This means photographing the elements needed to construct the image, then combining them in Photoshop. Next I print the image over several sheets of paper and cut them into squares by hand. I then mount the squares to wood panel, at times handmade. I fill in the gaps with paint and give a top texture layer with semi-gloss gel medium.
This piece is comprised of a giclée print, K3 pigment inks, PVA, watercolor, tempera, acrylic, and gel medium on a cradled panel with finished black sides. It comes ready to hang.
- Gregory Noblin