Painting the Takeawei mural was a great exercise in pre-planning a project, as I wanted Chela (Takeawei’s leading lady) to be totally across what I was proposing for the site. It was really important for her palette and aesthetic to be appropriately represented in the artwork that I created, and there were many ways that this could have been translated.
Normally when I create an artwork, it is to a loose plan, but I do a lot of decision making on site. In this instance, I presented a number of options to Chela and we agreed that this was the best approach. The work is large, and painted with rollers, reinterpreting the expressive scribblings that I layed over the wall image on photoshop in the mock-up stage. I feel it still maintains the freshness of my other abstract works, its just a little more graphic. Working to a plan took a lot of the stress out of making decisions on site (that may or may not work) I will definitely be taking this approach more in the future with public works!