A CHANGE IN DIRECTION: FROM MASKS TO FACES
Time has passed and my personal theme has evolved with it. As I wrote to Sian I made a lot of tentative starts but every time I had a feeling I lacked a real sense if direction. I looked and relooked at images collected and noticed that they were most faces not masks anymore and that my interest had shifted.
I started to think at faces like maps that can be read with their features, wrinkles, expressions, attitudes, and at what they are saying of people's past life, places they are from and personal stories. I also thought at the common experience of seeing faces in landscapes, clouds, spots or in the casual arrangement of objects in space.
Sian really helped me out with her words: "Moving from the theme of masks to one of faces could be seen as moving from the negative to the positive aspects of the human face: masks conceal and disguise whilst faces expose and reveal". I think this is so very true and is exactly in tune with my feelings.
She also mentioned to me a wonderful and very inspiring book with plenty of drawing exercises based on the human face,
'Drawing Projects' by Mick Maslen and Jack Southern ISBN 978-1-907317-25-5
which I bought and am starting to use.
Sian asked me to start a new spider map. This time I just let my thoughts go and follow their way without adding images. Like the first I did on masks also this one is sketched onto a square Evolon sheet of around 90 per 90 cms so I had a lot of space to write.