Finally finished these by neatly framing them within their own 'proscenium arch'
This series of self-portrait sculptures investigate the painterly methodologies of the Great Masters. As part of my current MA in Sculptural Practice, I put myself face to face (as did the artist with his sitter or himself) in an attempt to see what they saw - I become an actor, not only playing the part of sitter but also the part of the artist.
The aim is to subvert the traditional idea of bronze monumental portrait sculptures commissioned to confirm status or commemorate heroes. As a former interior decorator and painter, I used colour everyday, and recently have missed the effect colour can have on mood and emotions:
Bringing colour into my latest series of portrait sculptures not only breaths life into an otherwise static form but creates a new energy in me as an artist. Bring on the next phase - sculpting with paint!
These sculptures will be exhibited at Gallery In the Garden Great Sailing, Essex, during the Dame Elizabeth Blackadder RA, RSA, exhibition 8th July-16th August, along with my fellow MA students' work.
Private view Sunday 5th July 2015
The work is now presented as one piece Masquerade (2015)