PAW or Parents are Watching belongs to a set of Limited Edition Art Prints by Nellie Maan from her newest art work. There are only 25 signed prints making the art extremely collectable.
PAW is an acronym associated with teenagers. PAW is used by teenagers to alert their friends that their parents are watching. A similar acronym is PIR or Parent in Room. Teenagers are constantly finding ways of creating a sense of privacy from the adults around them. But aren’t adults too are trying to retain a sense of privacy from intrusion from the state and others? The piece was inspired by the question who is the parent in society and who is watching who. And is the Parent in Room not the parent but big brother watching everyone be it through mobile phones or the strokes on a keyboard. The initial ideas focussed on PIR but PAW seemed a more powerful concept to explore.
Is the figure in the art piece art piece trying to remain anonymous? Is it a figure or just a shadow of the figure trying to avoid being exposed by the light? What impact is the age of technology having on society? The world is open to everyone but equally the individual is open to the world. Can anyone truly hide or remain anonymous.
The precise working methods are a closely guarded secret that have been developed over a number of years. The textures that Nellie produces are rich and varied and the balance of texture to white space with the use of strong black lines along with the limited colour palette defines the unique style and gives it the clean fresh look.
This contemporary art style has been applied to the language of text speak or text jargon acronyms as it is a language that says little but speaks volumes.
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