My work is currently looking at portraiture in both drawing and painting. I’ve always been fascinated by how we categorise people because we know who they are and what jobs that do. What I’m aiming to do through my practice is to deselect these people and not stereotype them, but instead capture the true person. Photography plays a major part in the initial stages of my work where I like to capture moods and emotions of people by photographing them with a long lens, without them being aware of it. My goal is to capture uninhibited faces so I can use them as a starting point to my other work. Capturing these people’s faces with them not having any knowledge of doing them shows more of their true self rather than being a set up shot.
The next stage is to draw from these photographs paying particular attention to the lines that create the emotion and mood of the passers by I have captured. What I like is the eclectic mix of faces that I capture on the off chance in any given situation.
I have been researching and taken inspiration from the artist Gillian Wearing and in particular the ‘Signs’ series. In this she looks into the relationship between public image and private identity. In an attempt to break down social stereotypes, she frequently works with people marginalised by society. A quote by her is; ‘A great deal of my work is about questioning handed-down truths… I’m always trying to find ways of discovering new things about people, and so in the process discover more about myself.’
Taking the same initial ideas from my drawing and painting, in textiles I am planning to use faces as a means to create emotions through folding and stitching fabric. I am planning on experimenting with different techniques and materials through stitch, felt making and collaging. I like creating texture and having figurative things to look at in my work and this is what I want to develop. I would also like to see whether I could use the fabric I make and put it into a 3D form, such as a metal structure.