'Painting Over the Cracks' by D*Face, 2022
Limited Edition solo gallery show print collab. with Corey Helford Gallery.
18 x 24 Inches
45.7 x 61 Centimeters
Screen print on cream, Speckletone fine art paper.
Limited Edition of 250 (#88/250)
Hand-numbered in pencil bottom left.
ABOUT THE ART
"Yes yes, I’m aware the actual expression is to “paper over the cracks” but for obvious reasons, painting felt more appropriate to me and to this show - with nearly one hundred murals under my belt, I’ve spent my fair share of time painting over real cracks in real walls. If you haven’t heard the expression before, it essentially refers to the act of ignoring or hiding an issue in both the literal and metaphorical sense - it’s putting on a brave face and pretending that “the issue” doesn’t really exist.
After living through an unprecedented, historical moment in time that saw us globally locked down as a result of the pandemic, I think we’ve witnessed our fair share of “cracks” appearing across society and culture alike, some fresh, some older, and some deeper than before. In many of these cases it felt like the approach was to apply a big dollop of metaphorical paint to cover them up, only for the cracks to reappear slightly worse further down the line.
This show and body of work is a collection of my own personal observations and feelings from the last couple of years. My intention is not a love letter to what we have lost and nor is it a celebration of the change that was catalysed by the pandemic, because, let’s face it, there’s been good and bad in both. Rather, it’s a visual acknowledgment of the altered society in which we now find ourselves and which we must strive to make better."