To pair with “Inverted (2023)” this nude was created by using circles and curves and then mapping the rest of the drawing with colour. Therefore, this results in its geometric triangular curved design.
The work was created in the idea inspired by my previous work; ‘Gazing Nude’ (2023) was created by creating lines for the curves. In effect; I took this technique to create circular areas and then created more shapes through this technique. I then filled them in strategically with colours to create the somewhat ‘stained glass’ style that I usually work with in my colour pencil works. It hopes to make the viewer think of ‘nudes’ as not something that is an idea to objectify but rather the elements of what makes humans, human. Therefore, it has been cut down into colours; keeping the face itself while not having any unique features. The chest and the body have dissolved into the colours, therefore, removing the sexualisation of the individual.
This colour nude is inverted in a way in which lines were placed and manipulated to create the guide of the nude. Inside the gaps created by these lines were filled in with colour. It showcases a slight figure in the centre.
Inverted was created with the same process as the previous nude, though with a slight variation in which circles and curves were placed at random. Rather than being deliberately placed; giving reason to create a new form in its process. This helps to create a new fresh look in the project rather than just being the same work in different variations.
A pair piece with ‘Stained Glass (2023)’; this colour nude explores exploration. The nude figure is left amazed and astounded by all of the ‘glass’ shards when glancing at a stained glass artwork. There is no gaze- as this work is the nude’s world rather than ours.
When this is paired with ‘Stained Glass (2023)’ it shows that the figure is pacing and exploring to become just like the hero. It is an allegory created of how people wish to be just like others when they should rather be themselves. It points out the human obsession with comparisons and ideals- rather than accepting ourselves for our own traits and personalities.
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Stained Glass (2023)
Stained Glass (2023) is paired with the piece above to create a story. The nude figure in this work is supposed to exemplify the stereotypical nude hero in heroic/religious stained glass works. But rather than looking at the audience- there is no face; an allegory to icons.
The stained glass theme was used here as stained glass is used in religious buildings (in Christianity). Therefore it gives the work a religious or heroic semblance; a work to be admired- and a story to absorb. Therefore, it creates a link between two pieces of the collection to create a new story. Though; what happens next is up for the viewers to decide.
In both these pieces – the color pencil is utilized. I have found it a great material to work with as well as a way to blend colours together and create art. I rarely see colour pencil work in art galleries so I wanted to take up the medium for a project. Hopefully, this helps to bring the medium some light in the institutional sense.
Portrait Nude (2022) is a nude of a male in a portrait position; the male is unidentifiable as it superimposes that it could be anyone. Portraits, therefore, don’t signify importance.
Through looking at the idea of a human and putting those shapes but blocking out the idea of appearance- these figures can be anything- the shapes do not define them. Nor should they define us in real life.
The figure in these works shows no personality, but the figure instead is to be filled in through the audience’s mind. It is meant to create relatability in an unidentifiable figure.
The first ink-based Color Nude created is the Stylized Nude. It sits in a confident pose glaring at the viewer to the side. Not only is it satisfied by the gaze it receives, but it encourages it. It’s a break from the conventional collection rules; rather than being created with the colour pencil, it diverges and turns to ink.
It is the symbolic bleeding of the old into the new, as it was created on the first day of 2023. I wanted to make something of the collection and to refresh rather than the old coloured pencil drawings. It hopes to be bolder and more outgoing, instilling these feelings in its viewers.
These are different from the current art trend: creating AI art. This is doing something unexpected of myself to defy the automatons’ neural network. You can read my relatively neutral beliefs on this subject if you wish to; here.
Melting (2022) is another Color Nude piece completed and is the sixth artwork in the collection! It takes the concept of a nude and melts it creating an all-new subject. The previous works mainly inspire it in the Color Nudes by simply melting them down into many colours and creating a chasmic rainbow.
Therefore, the viewer is supposed to look upon this colourful spectacle and wonder about the story it tells. As one goes down the drawing, it gets much more compacted with colours.
You can purchase this artwork in print or the original here.
Exploding Thoughts (2022)
Exploding Thoughts is a continuum of Melting (2022), of the thoughts created when the nude melts- somewhat of the metamorphosis of new thought.
It is instead choosing harmony over chaos like the previous work.
It hopes to bring forth the thought of continual harmony through the chaos. Without chaotic nature, harmonious nature can not exist. Therefore, it is a diptych with the Melting (2022) as true pairs. Exploding Thoughts is smaller as it shows that a small amount of harmony exists within our chaotic world.