Tuesday, 1 July 2008

The Tim Burton Nursery

I´ve always admired the visual style of Tim Burton´s. It has a unique quality that is visible throughout all his work. That style was the main inspiration for this neglected nursery abandoned years ago. The idea was that a lonely woman in her fifties lives in the house accompanied only by the ghost of her daughter who died in early age. She has guests and visitors, but no one knows of the history lurking in the attic converted into a nursery. The lady keeps up her appearances, plays well her role as a hostess and tries to forget. Nevertheless, she sometimes wanders in the library only to witness the ghost of her child running the spiral stairs or sitting in the balcony that leads to the secret room. The woman is not scared, but finds this oddly comforting.

The ripped wall papers and the distorted floor create a gloomy atmosphere of years of abandonment. The room is far from being finished, of course, it is too clean to begin with. It will still need a thick layers of dust, a crip with a worn raggedy-Ann, some posters by Edward Gorey such as the Gasthlycrump Tinies and of course a distorted little window on the wall.

This is the only room that could be make with no particular care on detailing. I wanted a rough hand sketched look so I painted both the floor and the wall papers using a brush and acrylics paint. Once more, I forgot to take pictures of the steps on the way, but luckily there is one of the distorted floor tiling in progress. All the lines in both wall papers and the floor distort the perspective of the room creating what I hope to be a hindering sensation of anxiety.

For example all the stripes on the wall papers grow smaller towards the back wall making the room seem deeper. I also plan to airbrush the slope of the roof in the lower end very dark and menacing and may even add a cute pair of gleaming eyes belonging to a monster under the crib. The whole point of the room is really not to be serious at all but more of a bed time story book approach is to be adopted.

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