Thursday, July 8, 2010

Face #2

#2 in my week of faces challenge-- What If I started with a busy print background and worked from there?


And since I didn't explain face #1 posted yesterday--What if I used all sheers to create vague features?

8 comments:

...louciao... said...

I like how this face is bursting with energy! The pattern really adds an impact. That exploding star shape around the eye on the right really adds expression to the face.

ger said...

I like this one... - made me realize I consider a face + a mask as two things rather different (have been pondering an old exhibition catalogue about masks the other day, thinking I´d like to make some...) - but hey, they´re in fact (nearly) the same...

Robin Olsen said...

Ger, I've been pondering the same thing as I realized this is more like a mask than a face, but then where is the line between them?

lynne h said...

a very brave 'what if' in my opinion, robin. and the results are great.

i keep feeling like i need to do more 'what if-ing'...

oh, and reading your exchange with ger, i want to stick in that maybe it's the eyes that are the difference. in a mask there are open spaces for eyes. i've thought about this because i have a hard time with masks for this reason. it's not easy for me to leave the eyes out...

okay, as i reread this i realize that masks can have eyes too. so, so much for my theory. : )

Margaret said...

In miniature (ie. as an 'avatar' that shows up in Blogger where I follow your blog), Face #2 definitely has a rather creepy, sinister quality to it. It's much friendlier-looking in the larger photo format! Was that what you were going for?

Robin Olsen said...

Margaret, I didn't start off with the intention to give it a creepy quality, but I often am attracted to that. I'm a big fan of African, pre-Colombian and Pacific Island masks, and they often have that scary quality to them.

Robin Olsen said...

Lynne, I think some of my best pieces the past couple years have come from What Iffing. I like having a small thing to focus on and explore as fully as possible. And it's not as intimidating as starting a big, new project every time!

I was right there with you on the eye thing, but yes,some masks do have eyes on them, don't they?

lynne h said...

I like having a small thing to focus on and explore as fully as possible.

i like this too! am going to 'tune' my thinking to this more...