Exploring facial lines and movements – year1 of university

I have tried to create my final piece on wood as I was very interested in exploring the wood textures.

Also, wood as a canvas holds a very important role as the main big trunk of wood is so contrasting in the sense that it represents stiffness and stillness while the painting on the wood depicts movement and is dispersed. My work in the art genre would fall under Realism. Realism inspired my work to depict exactly what the face of the model looked like. In most of my previous works I ended up changing some feature of the model unconsciously. Studying about realism helped me understand how important it is to depict subject matter truthfully and that so much detail is lost otherwise. It was also after this that I dropped the idea to make full portraits and instead got the idea to the lines and details in a face so that I could create something that could invoke a sense of acceptance in the viewers and that maybe even find comfort in their ‘flaws.’

discs of wood

I started my project by researching all the portrait techniques that were being used around the world and I found an Instagram artist called Russell Powell who made artwork by painting his work on his hand and then stamping it on the paper which created a kind of monoprint but I could not really play with it as it was very still and flat. I, then, went to search for Indian artists who experimented in monoprinting and then got interested in the prints by M.F. Hussain. I got the opportunity to view some of his original prints in an old art gallery in New Delhi, India but I was shocked at seeing the way people displayed and viewed his work. The art gallery had a few of the prints by M.F. Hussain and a couple of renowned artists which were piled up in a corner of the gallery. it was then that I decide I didn’t want to paint anything that was flat. I wanted to create an art that could be activated and interacted with. I started researching artists working with wood as a canvas and found a few artists, but I mostly found people working with wood panels, but I was really interested in working on wood of different shapes and found wood. that is when I decided to get found wood and cut it into disks like I did in my wooden sculpture last term. I found an artist Alison Moritsugu who did a log series where she painted on found pieces of wood, but she painted on the wood with very intense colours and so the original texture of wood was lost which for me was very important. So, I cut the logs and coated each disc with transparent glossy wood varnish and then painted only two coats on each piece. I also left a negative space on each disc just to create a final piece which even if one tries to connect it doesn’t complete each other which creates a sense of dispersion.
the idea of creating a piece which allowed people to see and feel accepted and be present in that moment looking at the details of a face was inspired by the artist Jason Graham who exhibited his work “no ‘thing’ ness”at light up Lancaster and by a paper I read called Faces in Motion
Embodiment, Emotion and Interaction by Barbara Nordhjem, Jan Klug and Bert Otten . the colour scheme I chose was warm tones rather than monochrome which was again inspired and is supposed to represent a sense of hope and comfort as in the paintings of Annie Swynnerton exhibited in Manchester.

The final piece is like going through a trees bark which represents nature and how paintings on the discs are like going through someone’s face. the big trunk of wood represents stillness which contrasts with what is painted on it the base while the small discs represent the branches and dispersion.
I am hoping what I tried to create would display what all it means to me.

plan of how the installation will look

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