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Julija Skudutyte
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95 x 75 cm

"The work depicts a real scene and story of how an old lady who is a hoarder is collecting plastic bags. After using them, she washes them and then leaves them to dry out. After they are dry she folds them and puts them in a pile next to other plastic bags. That's why I chose to call this artwork 'American Beauty', the same name as the famous 1999 film directed by Sam Mendes. The best known scene from the film is when the plastic bag is dancing in the wind as Thomas Newman's soundtrack is playing in the background. That scene really was a perfect connection to the old lady who is collecting these plastic bags because it looks as if she wants to collect all that beauty and have it to herself."

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This work was exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) Annual Exhibition. Discover more about the RI and its history or find out more about artists opportunities for future RI exhibitions

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) promotes the essentially English art of watercolour by showing a diversity of styles and techniques, from traditional uses of the medium to the more experimental and innovative paintings