It was always the aim while going off on a tangent abstracting the human form to eventually bring the work back into the world of paint, and incorporate what I have learnt back into my portraiture, this is my first attempt to do this
These photos of the body, which utilise the photographical techniques I used in the previous lard sculpture photos, aim to abstract the pieces using simple cropping and colour effects, in a way which will suggest landscapes to the viewer.
These photographs are not finished pieces in themselves, however they do shed some light on the physicality of the sculptures of themselves, something that the actual finished photos leave ambiguious. Within these photographs I have played with the texture on the surface of the sculptures themselves rather than the composition of the photographs
I have now completed three paintings based on the photographs I took of the sculptures, these photographs aim to bel representational of the sculptures yet distort the viewer’s impression of what the objects may look like in real life. For example, in the photographs the objects seem much larger in scale and in some instances they look very reminiscent of the skin/body, or even landscapes. This means that the paintings are very abstract, it’s unclear what they could possibly be representing, yet the objects that they contain have a feeling that is slightly human. In terms of skill, I feel that the paintings are okay, they aren’t exactly a showcase for me, but they are still of a quality that is adequate to meet the aims I set myself and the ideas I wanted to evoke.
I wanted to point towards the works mystery and its ambiguity. To do this I decided to go back to the root of the work, create a couple of photographs using an actual human body as the subject matter for my abstractions, using close shots and avoiding points of reference on the body or skin.