Michael Rozen

“Connections” – mural project in collaboration with Scott Sueme, as part of HCMA’s Artists in Residence Program, May 2015

Working with ‘Connections’ as a key concept, the design features a colourful set of interlocking and connecting shapes. The geometry is designed to lead the eye from one object to the next, illustrating their connection to each other and as a whole. The shapes attribute this quality without a linear pattern, or repetition of a uniform shape. The design walks the line between graffiti and modern art, featuring two areas of interest with textures cropped within large shapes. One representing a street and city space, using weathering and graffiti painting techniques, the other represents a green space, featuring full foliage and leaves referenced from trees around the Vancouver area. The idea is to illustrate these two colour spaces in contrast with each other, but also balanced and connected as part of a bigger picture. As a result, the piece pays a tribute to the landscape of Vancouver and our connection with nature as city dwellers.