Recently I have felt at a bit uncertain with how I want to paint the portraits. I automatically go towards trying to create a hyper realistic image but I don’t feel that is appropriate for this series. I think this may be because I am unsure of what I want them to say. They could either be used to comment on the way that older women are viewed (i.e. as invisible). OR they cold be used to interrogate the patriarchal system that governs women’s bodies and tells them that they are useless after a certain age. Initially I wanted the portraits to appear strong and powerful, but I feel that the women already do that themselves in the films – so maybe making a series of portraits which comment on the way that ageing women often feel invisible would be the best route?
I have been inspired recently by a lot of painters who use large but vey few marks to suggest a face. My inspiration board on Pintrest (a bit further down now) shows some of the works that I have been looking at: CLICK HERE
I set off to try and emulate (or at least work in a similar way) the style of these painters. I first decided to attempt the painting of Tina again but found it very difficult as there was just too much information that I wanted to fit in. I started scratching away at the paint with the back end of a paintbrush (second image) - I actually quite like the effect this gave along with the bold marks and the rubbed out faded marks. However, the image as a whole didn’t work. After a lot of frustration I decided I would work on a different person. This time, Dena. At first, using a palette knife, I created heavy and strong marks – again, I liked the texture and the depth to it but it didn’t work as a whole. I decided that I would scrape all of the paint off in a downward motion. I decided that I would distract myself from the face for the time being and concentrate on the body. I created bold outlines with dark blue – I found that this together with the distorted face looked quite intriguing. However, I’m not 100% sure how much I like it, or if it is finished. I’ll put it to one side and come back to it another time I think.
Please see below for my dissertation: Konenki: An exploration into the interpretation of the ‘Crone’ within art and its impact on today’s views of the menopause within mass culture.