The actual Torii gate symbology was the inspiration for this work. These "gates" are generally located in Japanese Shinto shrines and represent a crossing from the profane to the sacred. Its physical representation runs parallels with making better life decisions or making the choice to improve one's own life in some way.
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