Isabella Falciola

My painting, The Cost of Living, explores themes relating to consumerism and
advertising. The monumental iPhone – covered in the flat graphic style typical of pop art – conveys a universal symbol of technological advancement. By depicting colourful items of commonplace food objects – chips, ice-creams, burgers, donuts, Coke, pizza and sushi – and juxtaposing them alongside translucently depicted plants and flowers, I suggest that nature can only exist in the spaces that culture allows. In this image, the growth of vital life is affected by man-made objects. The scale of the phone has been chosen to tower over the viewer in order to reflect the way in which technology consumes and controls my generation.

The Cost of Living (work in progress) 2017 acrylic and oil on canvas 180 x 90cm

The Cost of Living (work in progress, detail) 2017 acrylic and oil on canvas 180 x 90cm

The Cost of Living (work in progress, detail) 2017 acrylic and oil on canvas 180 x 90cm