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Painting: Paint, New Media on Paper.
This is a work inspired by Helmut Newton's 1975 photograph of Elsa Peretti wearing a Bunny Girl outfit, standing on a New York balcony with the skyline as a backdrop.
I wanted to strip away as much of the gloss as possible and look at the glamour in it's simplest form. To do this, I started by complicating it as much as possible, and then subtracting until only one colour remained. I did this by re-creating the original scene in 3D in a computer environment, complete with glamourous avatar. I experimented with variations in costume, virtual camera angle, and other elements until I found the look I wanted. Then I took the 'virtual' photo. Using that as a template back in the real world, I created a physical stencil with plastic and scalpel that isolated the core details of the image, then mixed a dense but delicately shaded powder blue paint to use in a silk screen process. The density created a physicality to the paint's surface texture (see close up) that I wanted to emphatically reinstate after it's round trip in the virtual world.
The original is in my private collection.
Size: 8 W x 9 H x 0.1 in
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