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Self Portrait 5; The Artist as an illusion

11 Jan
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Self-Portrait 5; The artist as illusion

The initial intention with this image was to create a Picassoesque picture in which both side and frontal views were perceptible as a single but coherent figure.

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Pablo Picasso, Head of a woman 1960. Metropolitan Museum NY. Picasso presents both full and profile views in a flattened simplified version of early cubist works to present simultaneous viewpoints.

I have yet to come anywhere close to the art of distortion such as that used by Picasso, Francis Bacon and others. Perhaps I am still too close to the original image. This is something to work upon. I have, however inadvertently created a figure-and-ground illusion in which it is difficult to hold the two images in the eye at the same time.

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Roger Shepherd.

The picture by Roger Shepherd (2) illustrates this nicely – do you see a woman partially obscured by a candlestick or two women looking at each other? (More on this at http://605.wikispaces.com/Figure+Ground  ). I find it fascinating that even though I created the collage, I still find it difficult to see one whilst looking at the other.

What strikes me about this portrait, this illusion, is that it is become a mask. The thing about a mask is that it disguises you, it hides you, it is not a window, but a wall. Behind it you may become something else – a demon, an animal or a God. In art everything is distorted, if only in bringing the 3D onto a two dimensional plane. Much of what I do in this series is accidental, and perhaps that is the way it should be. I know what I want to do, not necessarily how I did it, or even if I did it at all.

There is an element in this picture of the kiss of Judas.

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