Flesh.

May 28, 2010

This shoot I really wanted to work with fleshy tones and undertones. I created the knit piece especially for this shoot and brought it through the shoot using it in a variety of ways. I love the contrast of the very heavy textured item with the soft lightness of the body.

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Paintings

May 24, 2010

These are just a couple of old paintings that I still have left through the commotion of my life. I am not sure where in the world everything else I have created has gone. Artist, never good at keeping track, organization and the paperwork! I promise there will be more new work as it comes!

Here are my two subject matter obsessions–people and trees!

Creative shoots!

May 24, 2010

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Art to Makeup Art

May 24, 2010

Throughout my time in Fine Arts I generally tended to gravitate towards a beauty/fashion style and theme to express my ideas. I have always enjoyed the body and using it within my artwork. I like to paint portraits and I like to take photos of people, but what I really always yearned for was to paint ON a person. To actually use them as my canvas was one thing that always sounded so intriguing but so far from something I could do. Not only did lack the material, but also the knowledge of product and application to properly convey the ideas I wanted to portray. I find the body so wondrous and full of opportunity. Each a gift just waiting to be unraveled, revealed and seen in such a different way then its current state. It took me a long time to find and understand that Makeup Art is something I am deeply interested in. My love of looking and being able to feel the beauty in a persons form and not only pull that beauty forward, but also take that beauty and use it to express much more.

Self Portrait?

May 24, 2010

What constitutes a self portrait? A definition by Wikipedia– “a representation of an artist, drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by the artist”.  When you view a photo of an individual, for example, in a magazine editorial, who does it represent? Yes there is a face, but does that overtake the presence of the clothing, the makeup, the hair, the idea behind that photo? Is it the face that is being represented or used as only another tool to express? Is the portrait in fact that of the mind behind the photo for it defines more of them then the individual captured? Could this be considered a Self-portrait?

Hair, makeup, clothing, photography all creations of me, Carolyn.

Taking it beyond.

May 23, 2010

This exploration was an expansion and continuation on the previous, paralleling beauty with collecting. It takes the ideas of collections to an extreme. It is analyzing those who take items out of their purpose to satisfy what they feel is a need (rather then a want, moving this to an unhealthy trend). From the surface it appears to be normal but when you take a closer look you find that there is something that just doesn’t belong.

These photos, as well as the last, also comment on the realm of beauty in that woman (and men) go to extreme, unnatural, ridiculous lengths to achieve what they think is an “ideal” beauty. With this being something that does not exist they continue to grab at anything that they feel will bring them closer, which in reality is just bringing them farther away. Eventually if you go to far, everything just falls to pieces.

Obsession and Beauty

May 23, 2010

As previously mentioned, I carried on with the concepts of collections for some time through my studies. Through the ideas of collecting, I more so grasped the obsessive natures behind collecting and the excess of it. I turned to a realm where excess and obsession parallels that of collecting. The world of beauty. I concentrated on three general themes: makeup,  jewelry and hair.

Tricia

BrieVanessa

Its all in the past

May 23, 2010

Here is a little background on my history of photography. Some projects I have done while in Fine Arts in university, enjoy!

When I began to work with concepts I immediately got sucked into the exploration of collections, those who collect and the obsession in collecting. The photos below reflect this repetitive action not only visually by capturing those who partake in the action itself, but also within the process of making the art itself. These individuals have been chosen for their collecting of similar items that may not be needed in duplication, keeping items that after use will not serve a purpose, and buying items that you may not ever use just because it fits into the category of your collection. Generally people like this find a comfort in purchasing something they know they already enjoy. They know they will not be disappointed. It is their safety blanket.

tyler Lindsay

michelle

Carolyn

Mark

The idea of comfort and then safety blanket was taken into the construction of this concept. I figure, what is more collective and repetitive then the process of making  a quilt? Not only before, in the act of collection all of the bits of fabric, but after with the repetition of the sewing itself.

I then felt like I was being sucked in to this repetitive obsessive nature and decided to float with it. The images I used were taken, then photocopied, then the photocopy was photocopied and so forth. This created a spectrum of the image from the original quality to a very contrasted degraded quality, speaking of the progression of collecting. The more and more you acquire of these items, the less and less sense it makes. the final step was making these images into photo transfers, so I could sew them into the quilt.

I don’t have an image of the quilt at the moment.