For my still life, I thought back to an object that had sentimental value to me that is no longer in my life. Instantly thinking of my old house (ages 1-11), I mentally scanned through how I used to spend my time as a child. I remembered the soft, welcoming beige walls of my pillow fort, constructed by my skilful architect older brother from a large sectional couch in my old basement. This couch became my object of focus, particularly in its fort form, as it was usually organized.
My process began by remembering the couch, then planning the thumbnail sketches. I remembered all the aspects of the couch, the mood it gave off, tiny details and memories, textures, and the space created within the fort.
I used grids in class to create different potential layouts for the composition of my pillow fort, deciding in the end that the 5×5 composition, my last image, was the strongest. Working on a larger scale than I am used to, I used watercolour to create my final piece. Along with the couch itself, I incorporated a blanket drapery, knitted by my late grandmother as another touch of my past and things which I have left behind. I included a plastic, riveted tube which twisted through the walls of my fort, used as a communication tube between my brother and I. I also included a detail more hidden from the viewer: a plastic candy wrapper. My brother and I had a hidden bag of Halloween candy we’d save and hide from our parents, so this secretive, yet present detail was important symbolically to our bond.
As an added touch, here’s a photo of my brother and me with the mentioned couch.