aiture as my theme, I try to recreate an image of a person (usually based on photographs that I have taken). I try my best to explore and experiment until reaching a suitable technique and medium.
In the studio I am quite good at learning how to use materials or even inventing techniques to suit the person or picture I have chosen to work from.
Stepping out of the convention of drawing with charcoal and white chalk was hard – I had a very limited idea of what art is, which limited me in experimentation.
I overcame this weakness when I started to experiment with painting with a glue stick and acrylic paint by swinging the stick. This opened up a state of mind that I have learnt to enable when experimenting.
Growing up, I was surrounded by my grandfather’s art. He was a portrait artist, which fascinated me as well as limited my concept of art – it became the type of art I am most familiar and confident with.
Most of my research is done by experimenting with media first, then researching artists who had the same theme, or painted or drew like me, e.g. when doing “Mother” I researched De Kooning’s “Women” and Picasso’s “Bust of a Woman” (metal sculpture in Chicago) in preparation for “Jeff”.
I experimented with pencil and white chalk for the animation project, with a glue stick and acrylic paint for “Mother”. For “Samae” and “Xavier III” I experimented with oil paint using unnatural colors. With “Yury” I experimented with very thin acrylic paint resulting in drops, and also metals for “Jeff”. For my last pieces “Xavier III” and “Husband” I experimented with dyeing the paper. For the theatre arts play I experimented with a dry brush and poster design.