'ouch' by Stephen Farley

Ouch by Stephen Farley
Ouch by Stephen Farley

'ouch' has had a prestigious history having been exhibited on the south bank at The Bankside Gallery and also at The Richard Attenborough Centre. Both exhibitions were courtesy of Blindart. Conspicuously entitled 'ouch' it's inspiration comes from succumbing to a workplace injury. Since that incident the word work for me has connotations of paying a personal sacrifice for making a living. The painting has two corners, representing the fragility of organics heading in the opposite direction of the wrought iron edge of industry. We see a jelly baby holding his left eye, which is telling regarding my own workplace mishap. The image is taken from a mug bearing the inscription: 'In a wibbly wobbly world of their own'. It's impossible to view this painting without seeing a distorted reflection of oneself behind the subject.