Michelle Blade’s Painting Series 366 Days Of The Apocalypse Is An Ongoing Project Inspired By Apocalyptic Prophecies
Michelle Blade‘s painting series ’366 Days Of The Apocalypse’ is an ongoing project – a painting produced everyday inspired by the apocalyptic prophecies surrounding 2012. We’re all aware of the theories and doomsayers that have become commonplace on radio, TV, press and cheap second rate novels in recent years with everything from The Mayans to zombies, death by asteroid to the second coming of Christ and it’s this weird and strange area that Blade has tapped into.
What all these prophetic ideas share is an obsession with ‘the end’ and the finality of existence and that is what Blade has attempted to capture in her daily painting project. No, she isn’t concerned with hell and damnation rather shes more interested in the questions around our relationship to rituals and prophecies, the real and unreal and our sense of imminent mortality.
At it’s core ’366 Days of the Apocalypse’ is an exploration of the ideology and practices that attempt to grasp at the unknown. Here’s what she has to say about the work:
My work investigates ritual and prophecy, the real and unreal, and our collective yearning to connect with the unfamiliar. I believe that there is a creative aspect to how we encounter the mysteries of existence— how we acknowledge and make sense of things that are unknowable. I tend to not state truths in my work but rather embrace and highlight this uncertainty.
Visually my paintings and installations have colourful, bleeding surfaces that border on abstraction and simultaneously represent a transcendent space for totem-like characters and objects.
Check out her Tumblr to see every single painting. There’s a lot of them.
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