100% Pure + Rihanna

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“100% Pure” by Morena Tan

16″ x 20″ liquitex acrylic on canvas
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THE SONG

THE ART

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10 Comments

  1. Awesome work! It’s so cool to look at the different stages! Good stuff! You’ve got my follow. Check out my comedy blog and give it a follow if you like it!

    1. Thank you! I’m still processing this one myself, haha.. There are many meanings to be drawn and deep-set emotions to uncover but I will share some of my inspiration.

      Music is a huge factor in my work. When creating a piece- whether during the brainstorming stages, as I paint, or in the observant aftermath- a specific song or lyric resonates with me and it is my duty to connect that sentiment to the art like a jigsaw puzzle so both you and I as an audience can extract that very meaning just by getting lost in the painting.

      In this case, Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain” loops over and over in my head and I welcome you to listen to this song as you contemplate “100% Pure.”

      Besides the obvious lyrical story of obsession & addiction, abuse & codependency, love & lust- I love how the gentle ebb and flow of the guitar arpeggios mirror the perpetual idealization and devaluation in this type of destructive relationship.

      The disorienting clash of the background colors as well as the floating crystals and orbs are meant to be reminiscent of the colorful treks of light that reflect off a slowly spinning disco ball, and perhaps the way paraffin floats and sinks helplessly at the mercy of its inescapable gravity in a lava lamp. I intend to evoke a retro vibe that plays to the sweet and soulful doo-wop undertones of the song.

      1. Well. I’ve listened to the song and I discovered some hidden details. Things I didn’t see earlier, like the skeleton on the right hand side holding something towards the lady.

        …And then the love symbol ingraved into the woman’s skel…

        Great song my rihanna.

  2. Let me go-ahead and download that song; I love listening to rihanna’s songs, especially when I am programming.

    Will listen to the song and glance at your painting to get its true meaning.

    You will get my feed back.

    Cheers!

  3. Well. I’ve listened to the song and I discovered some hidden details. Things I didn’t see earlier, like the skeleton on the right hand side holding something towards the lady.

    …And then the love symbol ingraved into the woman’s skel…

    Great song my rihanna.

    1. Yes, many little details 🙂 I love to read lyrics of songs after painting and seeing how much of it manifested in the canvas. It’s surprising how the brain works to tie all these subliminal things together. Thank you for listening!

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