One of the main areas I will study is on the artist Jenny Saville; she is the artist who got me thinking about this subject. Two certain paintings of hers in particular brought this subject to the forefront. The first was entitled ‘Interfacing’ from 1992 which features a large woman’s face, very closely cut around the face and focusing on nothing more. The face is surrounded by roles of fat and the paint itself is thickly laid on, like much of Saville’s work its is beautifully executed and always has a garishly real feeling about it. The face has various scars and marks and also a prominent mole. The other of Saville’s works is called ‘Trace’ from 1993, which features the back of a large woman, taking up the entirety of the canvas, only allowing room around the edge to show the silhouetted shape of the large female. Noticeable on the woman’s back are red marks and folds of the skin, possibly from leaning or some kind of pressure. The back also has indented areas where the woman’s underwear has been too tight against her, cutting into the skin and leaving a bra and pants relief print.
... work from last year to try and figure out what I'm going to do with my 3rd year personal project.
This will run the full length of the year and will run along side other set briefs we will be doing from outside and inside 'task setters'.
This one above is about twice life size. I need to get some industrial sized greaseproof paper so i can do whole bodies. The reason i work in greaseproof paper is the texture. The texture it already has and the one it creates when you apply paint. It becomes wrinkled and stretchy and still has its translucent quality. Skin.
I will be making a 'body journal' throughout this time period and from the photographs i take of my body, the every day marks, scratches and bruises, cuts and scrapes i will be making drawn, lino cut, painted and screen printed studies.