Bridge 4 || The Story Inside the Painting – Final Draft

Mike Hsiao

Bridge 4 Final

Lapeyrouse Wall

Peter Doig

Word Count: 806

May 10, 2018

The Connection between Objects and Personal Memory

(Imagine myself is Peter Doig)

I am a Scottish painter who has been considered as a most valued living artist among the European artists. According to the description of the Lapeyrouse Wall in the MOMA, it says:“Although Doig often creates fictive landscapes, the wall imparts a sense of Place the history to this work. While the figure moves forward in the painting, in many ways we, the viewers, are carried back in time.” What that means is that I used an object, the Lapeyrouse Wall, to give the viewers an antiquity feeling and also the personal site of memory. Thus, in this story, I intend to find out the reason that makes us connect the object and personal memory.

While I am walking down the street, I feel like I should explain a little bit about my painting, Lapeyrouse Wall, there is a man with a spotted pink umbrella walking in front of the mottled wall with a fire hydrant and electric pole by the side. When clearly looking at the background of the painting, there is a wisp of smoke coming out of the little flat. The whole scene gives people a sense of melancholy, which might also cause the color tone and the texture of the pigments.

The composition is the most common element that will be the factor to guide viewers eyes and feeling when looking at the painting. For instance, I drew a man walking down the street and accompany with an old fire hydrant, a huge mottled wall, and a flat with a wisp of smoke. By doing so, I tended to create an atmosphere of lonely and depressed.

Objects are the essential element that I used for conveying my idea and message. The wall is the most irreplaceable thing in the painting, which people might always ignore. The reason that makes it so special is that the history of this particular wall. The Lapeyrouse wall represent “the visual reminder of the multilayered past of this former British colony, which relied heavily on slave labor.” This is history, so we do not want to forget it but also have to respect it. In this case, we connect the wall and the sadness feeling by its unique historical story, which is another technique that people like to use for intentionally leading your thought and mind.

In terms of the history might affect one’s view on one thing, it always happens in our lives but no one ever noticed it. For instance, you will always have a thought on an object after seeing it or feeling it, yet, have you ever questioned yourself where that idea was from? When you think thoroughly, it is impossible to come up with a thought for an object out of nowhere. In other words, everything has their reasons. We grow up with learning different things and experiencing different scenarios. However, most of the time we just contempt how powerful they are.

The surrounding environment is another minor factor that might trigger people’s personal memory when looking at the art work or even people. What this means is that if I hanged The Starry Night” in the middle of the crowded and noisy union square park, then people might feel the sense of a joke, might trigger a personal memory that playing in the playground, or even take out their phone and make fun of it. According to the article that talks about the smartphone effect, people tend to treat things not as serious as they supposed, it lower the quality of the actual art work. Yet, if I went to a spacious, bright, and quite gallery to see an art piece, then it would connect to a completely different personal memory from the crowded park one.

During the walk, I kept thinking the intention of my painting. What was I think about? Why did I choose to draw a Wall on the sense that supposes to not be a wall? Why did I use this kind of color tone for the whole painting? There were a lot of question that was going on in my mind. Therefore, I started to question myself what if the viewers cannot get my point? Then, I figured a way to solve that problem, which is using the general personal memory and background. What that means is I will use the most common easy-triggered element in the painting and try to lead their eyes and minds in order to deliver my idea. So, other than the Lapeyrouse Wall, I added the vintage fire hydrant and electric pole, which shows the age of the painting and also bring people hope. By saying that, I mean fire hydrant is vital when something burns, and the electric pole provides the electric for our lives. Thus, I suppose that both water and electric are the sign of the hope.





  1. Doig, Peter. “EXHIBITION Peter Doig TATE BRITAIN Journey to the Edge of Abstraction Peter Doig Applies Paint to the Canvas with a Strange and Beguiling Intensity, Says Alastair Sooke.” The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Telegraph; 5 Feb. 2008.

This article is describing the life of Peter Doig, the most expensive living artist, and the outcome of being the most expensive living artist among the Europe.

  1. Doig, Peter. “Peter Doig Lapeyrouse Wall 2004.” MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA , 2007.

This reading explained the meaning and the inspiration of the Lapeyrouse Wall, which made me think that maybe I could do a concept of depression for the bridge 4.

  1. Mack, Gerhard. “Bilder Aus Dem Reich Der Rätsel [Paintings from the Realm of Puzzles].”Journal Art., Journal Art., 2002.

This is a article about the art history behind Peter Doig’s painting, which helps me understand the background of the Wall’s painting a little bit more.

  1. “G2: Arts: Visual Arts: Snap decisions: Photography, they said, would kill painting. But then artists began to paint photos – and a creepy, chic, thoroughly modern art form was born.” Guardian [London, England], 2 Oct. 2007, p. 23. Academic OneFile, Accessed 26 Apr. 2018.

The article is about how people think of photography when it comes to fine art. It helps me to think the actual scene that happening around us but we never noticed.


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