Series of small paintings
These intentionally unresolved oil paintings depict various aspects of a woman’s face. Being a young woman has made me aware of how others choose to perceive women in our culture. So as to deny a viewer of the satisfying feeling of perceiving a whole painted face, I resolve only limited aspects of a subject’s visage. By fully rendering only visual fragments, my intention is to make the viewer slightly uncomfortable and impart onto him how I have before felt when objectified as a woman.
My color palette is limited to five colors when painting: red, ultramarine blue, medium hue yellow, burnt umber, and titanium white. I start by making a base skin tone and putting the basic shape of each part of the face. Then I slowly add the colors as shapes and then smooth it all out. The process requires multiple iterations of layering and blending.