Exploring Abstract Art
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.
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...
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?
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. : )
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?
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.
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?
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...
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