My final pieces have emerged from the study of faces through photography, collage, and low poly portraits. I am an observer of people and a reader of faces. My portraits capture physical likeness whilst expressing the personality and the emotional aura of the subject. I employ a method of reconfiguring what I perceive, breaking down recognisable forms and subjectively recreating them. I seek to convey the unique qualities of each of my models, by using varying light, shadow, and colour tone along with disrupted shapes to draw the observer in so they can participate in making sense of the portrait through a process of perception. I was inspired by Pablo Picasso’s cubist portraits and Suprematist composition of Kazimir Malevich’s paintings, whereby I used geometrical lines and shapes breaking up the portrait into subsections, using reduction and fragmentation to create emotionally powerful pieces. My aim was to merge portrait photography with multiple mediums to determine which medium would produce the most evocative image of the subject for the viewer. I found oil gave me the most nuanced variation of tone, texture, and movement to create contrast, emphasis, rhythm, harmony, and unity despite the discombobulation of the portrait.
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