My MA experimentations of painterly effects onto 3D plaster casts of my clay modelled selfie have inspired this painting onto canvas. The idea of re-presenting a portrait sculpture as a painting is to alter it's image further from it's original reality. This could then inform a new style of sculpting from the painting - reverting the painting back into a 3D form - maybe this will be the future of my work.
This week's MA peer critique presented me with an unexpected reaction. On one hand the shock and horror to how dare I pass off my painterly experiments as to look anything like a Rembrandt! (not that that was ever the intension) and (more interestingly) how the surface decoration altered the perception of the material - which was a far more constructive criticism. Now the surface decoration experiments are nearing completion I am now researching composition on portraiture - to include handle of neck in relation to shoulders, eye direction and hair style. These painted sculptures have inspired me to paint a sculpted head onto canvas - can't wait to get my brushes out again, I haven't painted to years.