When I found out that the Henley and Grange Arts Society’s members exhibition for SALA had the theme of Totems, I had the idea of creating a painting of several pole dancers stacked on top of each other. It was my slightly tongue in cheek interpretation of the theme. I quite like artwork that can be fun and play on interesting themes in humorous ways. So this week I am writing about my piece for the upcoming Totems Exhibition called ‘Totem Polers’.
‘Totem Polers’ Acrylic paint and resin on canvas
When I knew that I wanted to pile a few pole dancers on top of each other for the Totems exhibition, I took to Pinterest to search for photos that contained groups of pole dancers. I wanted to find a trio as I thought that an odd number would suit the composition that I had in mind. Eventually I found this stunning photograph of Tarryn Knight, Sherry Bremner and Joanna Pawelczyk from X-pole. The shapes that each pole dancer is creating in the photo really complement the other poses so that the composition overall is stunning.
Side by side comparison of reference photograph and ‘Totem Polers’
I decided to create some pastel shapes in the background. They remind me of spotlights that might be used in a pole dancing performance, so I thought that it would complement the figures in the artwork.
Progress photos of ‘Totem Polers’
I stuck to a restricted colour scheme of pastel turquoise, purple and blue. Each figure in the painting was created using a different one of those colours mixed with epoxy resin. These colours were given more dimension with the addition of black and white coloured resin.
My workspace while creating ‘Totem Polers’
Lastly I painted in the pole to connect the pole dancers together in the composition. I used a dark navy blue since this was a very important connecting thread for the piece.
Summer, my pup likes to supervise my work