D156. That’s my room. It’s a single room and when I first entered, quite forbidding. It was damp in many places and had curse words (in bad English) scrawled all over the place. To make a long whining short – the place was uninhabitable and violated my right to life. Of course the only person who could change that was me. The nice thing about the senior year in my college is that we have a lot of free time. Someone smart had once told me that “A rational man would adapt himself to the situation, but an irrational man would adapt the situation to himself.” And I’m dripping irrationality through every pore.
So I paint the first pair of walls.
Now I don’t want to sit here and write out an interpretation for all the crap I put up on my wall. The design in any case isn’t completely mine. I took it in most part from this amazing artist called Haze Long from Malaysia. Believe me when I say it, she’s a goddess when it comes to abstract wall art. Check out her website: http://hazelong.com/
It took me little over a week to finish this part. I was, of course, working only intermittently. It was a learning experience more than anything else. That and a lot of grunt work. A LOT. Those black bands took forever to finish.
The whole project was on hiatus as I had come down with stomach flu for a month. After that there were exams and all and I had to wait till the vacations. In the meantime I was working on the design.
The wall which I was going to paint had a nasty switchboard right in the middle. This neatly divided the wall into two parts. Since there are two parts, the duality theme was staring right in the face. Now the whole black and white duality is so passé, that I didn’t even consider it. The new duality is poly chrome vs monochrome. This part of painting is better documented, so I’ll let the pictures talk.
The original is by Kid Notorious in Deviant Art. You can find that here: http://browse.deviantart.com/?offset=48#/d15hsea
All this took me the best part of a month to complete. The difficulty of this stuff was on a different level. I realised it the hard way, that mixing different colours on the vertical wall is not that simple, especially with different colours of the same brand having different consistencies. I spent a third of the time doing the actual painting and the rest two third correcting my mistakes. The result of course was most fulfilling.
Inspiration is rare these days. What inspired me to do this specifically is something I’ll leave to speculation.
PS: Photo credits go to Vysakh Karthikeyan. You can check out his awesome photography page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vysakh-Karthikeyan-Photography/192084064151231?fref=ts