as i kept looking at Walter Barker's Untitled piece from 1952, i couldn't keep the scene of Peter and Wendy dancing in the rainforest out of my head. this scene from the 2004 Universal Studios' Peter Pan, shares a similar color palette with the painting. the blues and grays of the forest at dusk, the pink flesh tones of the two kids, the yellows of the twinkling fairies, and the red, dangerous tones of Captain Hook lurking in the shadows... all dance together in both the movie and on canvas. the paint strokes create a very relaxed, loose sensation that's happy and moving yet still very organized and non-caotic.
this same calming and playful sensation creates a nice break in the movie from all of the action and adventure fulfilling the rest of the story, similar to the simple, happy fantasy in between a series of complex dreams and nightmares playing in our minds every day and night. Peter Pan's Never Never Land provides a vivid example of the subconscious explored by Carl Jung and expressed by many abstract artists, including walter barker. after repeatedly watching this film the last few days and reviewing carl jungs' theory, i finally narrowed my conceptual thinking for the [RANCH] project to the rainforest. the multiple canopy layers, all the way to the forest floor, unfold to reveal an exotic, vibrant, dangerous, thrilling world similar to the lucid and complex world within our subconscious. many, many species of plants, animals, insects, and even climate variations, work together to make up this strange world hidden beneath exotic trees and dark, murky swamps.
my task now is to find a way to recreate this never never land of the unconscious mind through natural yet exotic materials, forms, and vibrancy found in our beautiful, complex, and mysterious rainforests.