The above before and after photos were taken in April of 2020 (left) and December of 2021 (right) and mark the challenge of completing the largest and most complex work in my I Believe in Ghosts series to date.
Work in process rose and lemon details with palettes from a new piece from my "I Believe in Ghosts" series.
"Title TBD," oil on linen, 34 x 28 inches (86 x 71 cm).
Here I've compiled detail photos of the head in "We Hunt the Doe" in order to show a glimpse into my process. The images progress from the development of the black and white "dead layer" through various color glazes to get to the final result.
Throughout my series, I Believe in Ghosts, I reference vanitas — 17th century Dutch still lifes — to draw on the tradition of sharing a moral lesson. Vanitas paintings present an array of objects as symbols to remind us of the transience and vanity of human existence and earthly possessions and pleasures. My modern interpretation of vanitas puts the female figure directly in the composition, exploring transience of innocence, value, and agency relating to female identity. I use symbolism and allusion to convey the tension between objectifying the female body and recognizing the rich interiority of the female subject.
Objects have histories, yet are unable to speak them — what does it really mean to treat women as objects?
Me and I and her and she all come together for a visual update on the evolution of I Believe in Ghosts.
Left to right:
We Hunt the Doe, oil on linen, 42 x 49 inches, work in progress
Ourself Behind Ourself, Concealed, oil on linen, 51 x 39 inches, July 2020
Minds Pass Minds Be They Occupied, 50 x 68 inches, oil on linen, work in progress
This is the third painting in my series, I Believe in Ghosts, and one of the pieces I've been most keen to paint. I've been vigorously working to cover the canvas and see the the image come to life at it's intended size. Work in progress, "We Hunt the Doe," oil on linen, 42 x 49 inches.
Victory! I've completed the first pass over this BIG canvas, aka the fourth painting in my series, I Believe in Ghosts, which simply means every surface now has paint on it. Next I will begin making corrections and refining what's on the canvas. Then it's on to color! Work in progress, oil on linen, 50 x 68 inches.
The beginnings of I Believe in Ghosts Portrait 4, title TBD.
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