The third character to complete the love triangle of FLAT LOVE was born in the waters of Lichtenstein’s ‘Girl with Ball’. I imagined another girl inside the painting, concealed by the waves, swimming behind the pin-up. She could be in love with the man who looks at the painting and, therefore, madly jealous of the girl with the ball. She’d be so tiny that we couldn’t see her unless we were half an inch from the picture. She was not a pin up, a glamorous type, or a sexual fetish. I gave her the name Tina.
For some reason, when I thought of this tiny girl hidden behind the waves, I couldn’t help but recall The Beatles’ song, ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’,
“Picture yourself in a boat on a river,
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies.
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly,
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes.”
What if Tina was wearing red and blue 3-D glasses? Fun.
But, the problem was, afterwards, to come up with a story where the three characters and main elements (painting, 3D glasses) could make any sense.
Well, it took me some time…