Monday, March 12, 2018

"No Lingering. No Sorry"

The inspiration for this painting: the amazing strength in Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" lyrics.

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What look like black squiggles (noticeable in the underneath layers) are the actual lyrics of the entire song, all of the actual words, written in cursive calligraphy.

In uppercase letters, large, clear, distinctive individual words are placed throughout the entire image, in various directions suggesting disorder, even chaos, and some of these words -- "Apart," "Broken," "Wrong," "Pieces,"... -- emphasize and support the feeling of the very wide, black, ominous strokes that almost engulf the canvas.

Central, is the word "Crumble," written completely upside down -- things are wrong, they fall apart, things are upside down, things crumble.

However, also placed central are the small, yet powerful "But Now" words, indicating that things will not lead to destruction, but there is already a change on the way.
"But Now," and "I Will," and "Survive," form a triangle, one of the strongest and most stable geometric shapes, and are written in a distinctive color, to emphasize connection between them, and the color is orange which combines the energy of red and happiness of yellow.

In the upper right corner, which represents future, and in tune with the forceful and unapologetic tone of the song, I added my own words, which also give the title of the painting -- the bold, urging "NO Lingering. NO Sorry" -- and I painted them on a red background shape which was inspired by a traffic sign, a symbol for things we have to do, or else we pay a price.

And finally, the last layer in my painting -- a light, almost foamy layer of white squiggles, which are, again, actual words from the "I Will Survive" song that prompted me to do this painting.
This top layer brings luminosity, it creates repetition, and it contrasts with the original layer of black squiggles -- black and white, night and day, darkness versus hope.

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OANA SINGA
"No Lingering. No Sorry," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (102 x 76 x 4 cm)

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Oana-Singa-No-Lingering-No-Sorry-2018-acrylic-on-canvas-40x30inches
OANA SINGA
"No Lingering. No Sorry," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (102 x 76 x 4 cm)





OANA SINGA
"No Lingering. No Sorry" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"No Lingering. No Sorry" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"No Lingering. No Sorry" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"No Lingering. No Sorry" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"No Lingering. No Sorry" (detail with signature), 2018