Figures and Faces
Exploring the female form using collage and acrylic paint glazes. The exploration began internal and progressed to the external. "Paula Mae" portraits are of my sister.
I choose to cover the surface of the each canvas with torn magazine pages to provide a rough, rippled texture, but also to connect the media, which worships waiflike figures and discards average women, to the subject.
Acrylic paint is thinned to allow magazine colors to peek through, reflecting the skin’s transparency and range of colors, as when blood flows undisturbed just below the pinky flesh. Blue, rose, green, and yellow gradually merge together. The skin’s texture is smooth at times, but is rough and damaged at other times.