Sketch of a Board Piece | Adéle du Plessis | Still-life Painting
"Sketch of a Boardgame Piece" is a contemporary tempera painting by artist Adéle du Plessis. Adéle painted a hotel board game of Settlers of Catan.
Adéle painted the board piece out of context and very large, making it look like a geometric painting while being a painting of an everyday object. Still life of a tiny house measuring less than 3 centimetres in total. The original board game is also red. In this painting, only the sides refer to the warm letterbox red of the original.
The painting comes from her series Drawn at Home, a series of paintings based on sketches of everyday objects in the home of artist Adéle. Adéle paints these 10-minute sketches on larger canvases, mimicking the effect of a monochrome sketch in her paintings. She mixes the two mediums and techniques as a playful jab at Plato's Mimesis theory. A theory in which the famous Greek philosopher argues that there is no place for art in an ideal society. While art, be it movies, TV shows, podcasts and traditional art forms such as paintings and interacting with paintings, has been a way to survive the impact of the pandemic on mental health.
This painting is a playful philosophical painting that explores the intersection of technique, medium and what constitutes a valuable subject for art to explore. Dutch art historian Wouter Maas explores this theme in his analysis of Adéle's painting "Sketch of a Teabag" (2020).
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