Edvard Munch, The Kiss
Inkjet on watercolour paper
90 x 60 centimetres
I had chosen Edvard Munch’s haunting art work, The Voice, for the first print in this series because no other artist has come close in visually describing the existential condition of the modern man and woman and it became clear that I would return once more to the artist’s work as the series progressed. Munch produced several versions of The Kiss showing an embracing couple hidden from the night time street below by a heavy drape and the secrecy of their act is further re-enforced by the dark and muted colour palette suggesting a darkened room.
It’s the mood of transgression that drew me to the subject matter and I couldn’t resist including the injured party forlornly gazing at the couple through a window. The art work is anchored in a period of time around the late 1970’s which is when I produced the screen print hung on the far wall. The stereo resembles one that I owned at the time and the record sleeves scattered on the floor featuring artists such as Iggy Pop, Devo, Kraftwerk, The Sex Pistols and Nick Cave is typical of the music I used to listen to. Even the red velvet curtains are like a pair that once decorated my room.Edvard Munch, The Kiss