YOLO or You Only Live Once is part of a set of Limited Edition Art Prints by Nellie Maan from her new art range. There are only 25 signed prints of each image making the art pieces very collectable.
YOLO finds the viewer’s gaze meeting the gazes of two old men with their wry smiles. Maybe the old men are asking people to think about their lives and how they are spending their time. How are you using this valuable personal time limited resource? A resource that has a very short shelf life – something that gone in a flash. Is YOLO all about the so called adrenaline highs, successes, achievements or should it be about something more? The idea for the piece resulted from spending time with the elders of society and hearing about their lives and their YOLO experiences. The importance of doing the piece was reinforced when over-hearing the conversation of two elderly gentlemen out on their bikes. One was saying to the other, ‘you have to make the most of every day..while you can..we won’t be here forever.’
The art piece plays with the idea that YOLO does not only apply to the young but to all ages – perhaps the old are imparting words of wisdom to the young. The introduction of the walking sticks, monocle and ball to spell out YOLO alludes to the truth that youthfulness and vitality is soon replaced by old age so make the most of it.
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 world of the fast evolving language of text speak (or text jargon) acronyms as it is a language that says little but speaks volumes.
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