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Flourishes And Scribbles

24 Jan


Nina Simone small


I’m working on a collaboration with fellow artist, Unity. It’s in the early stages yet but I hope to have more to show in a couple of weeks. We’re basing the work on women artists who have influenced us and I’m starting off with some sketches from photographs of the list of people we came up with.  My collaborator nominated the amazing singer, songwriter and civil rights activist, Nina Simone. Sourcing an image to use was interesting because when you’re looking at someone who was artistically and politically active throughout a long life, you have to decide which stage of that life to represent. Also, working from photos means that you are using an image that has already been conceived by someone else, which is weird for me because I normally draw directly from life. So the dilemma for me is how to put my stamp on it and that comes down to the mark-making. I’m not doing a photo-realist piece as that would just be copying someone else’s vision. So I’m abstracting from the image in front of me and using the graphite to make flourishes and scribbles which focus attention on the marks themselves as well as the illustrious subject. This is my first attempt. I’m going to try abstracting some more, I think.

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