MY PICTURES OF YOU
Set of 4 original rubbings (just 5 full sets available)
Hole In My Dreams, Your Pictures, Nothing Hurts Anymore, Face The Dark
Each Wax crayon on
128gsm Takeo Youmoshi paper
78 x 54 cm (30.7 x 21.2 inches)
Edition of 25
Signed and numbered by Stuart Semple
PLEASE NOTE: we will make sure you get the same edition numbers in your set.
Each is totally unique and different so there will be variations in the way the colours appear and how they are made.
In these works, Stuart Semple articulates the loss of his mother and best friend through the re-articulation of song lyrics that served as solace through her illness. At once painfully cathartic, and simultaneously joyous the works encapsulate the barrage of emotions surrounding loss.
Using wax crayons each piece is unique and handmade, calling on nostalgic memories of childhood colouring, yet rendered in the artist’s handwriting.
The works speak of loss, hope, and relief.
‘Hole in my dreams’ comes from a pact Stuart made with his mum before her passing that they would find each other in their dreams and Stuart's subsequent commitment to mastering lucid dreaming in order to be with her again, the quest to find her in the dream world.
‘Your pictures’ speaks to both physical photographs and memorised visual images. The way when someone passes images take on a new significance and how loss can make us begin to attempt to control the images we store in our own memories. The text itself draws inspiration from The Cure song ‘pictures of you’
‘Nothing Hurts Anymore’ touches on the relief that is felt when suffering ends. Both for someone suffering and their loved ones, but also plays with a sense of guilt that emerges from feeling relief on another behalf.
‘Face the Dark’ is about parents as a safety net. Stepping into adulthood without someone to reach out to. Being confident enough to stand on the earth truly alone, and it brings up a nostalgic recollection of childhood nightmares and the safety of a parent’s touch.