Wool on Foam Portrait Series
پشم روی ابر
The Wool on Foam portraits are tied to my experience of quarantine and recent trauma. Weaving inanimate fibers into faces brings me comfort and helps deal with the issues. These portraits are delicate and vulnerable and resonate with my own precarious situation. We live in fragile times, and I feel the need to find new materials and the mindset to reinvent my practice. Wool brings warmth and intimacy to these portraits, and plays with provoking the nurture instinct. Making male portraits with this habitually perceived feminine material, is part of a personal journey in re-interpreting the masculine condition. My aim is to make full volume sculptures in wool and develop some of the ideas out of this initial project.
Interested? please send an email and inquire about wool portraits:
De Kooning once famously said “Flesh is the reason oil paint was invented.” For him flesh mainly meant the skin, but for me it cuts all the way down to the bones.
Perhaps with an inherent sculptural mentality, I shape and arrange the paint, not to exactly mimic, but move along the brink of representation.
This seemingly chaotic and obscure puddle is just a few strokes from becoming something recognisable and alive.
The substance of paint, with its flesh potential, is moulded to find a spark, and capture the potency of life.
Red on White
Oil on Canvas
Red on Black
The Dark Ages
30x30cm, oil on panel, 2019
30x30cm Oil on Panel
20x20cm Oil on Panel
15x15cm Oil on Panel
Painted with a single pigment in a sandbox method, these faces are the result of taking a chunk of paint and molding it.
Moving around the paint to form faces, finding people that make you feel something, people you didn’t even know you were looking for.
In this series of portraits, the features are not defined, instead the aim is to capture a human spark with minimal intervention.
If you are interested in purchasing these pieces, please send an email ask for the list of available pieces.