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Women in Monoprint - Maya

Women in Monoprint (series)(February 2020)

Monoprint

30 x 40 cm, 30 x 40 cm, 40 x 30 cm

I wanted to work with monoprinting to create a series of diverse female portraits. I was drawn by the use of colour and ink from artists such as Andy Warhol, who often created series. To me portraits can simply encapsulate human feelings and I tried to suggest these by using different colours, layering and textures, with emotions varying from mystery, anger and passiveness. Overall I wanted viewers to aim to try to understand the subjects’ thoughts and feelings.

 

 

Out of Hand - Maya

Out of Hand (February 2019)

Drypoint Etching

33 x 24 cm

I wanted to explore the rough nature of society through drypoint etching, inspired by Albrecht Dürer. I wanted to explore the image of the woman and the hardships that affect the female gender in society. In this piece the subject holds her head in her hands, depressed by the words etched on her face. These words embody the pressures and stereotypes that surround women; they are wrapped around her face, constraining her and tying her down, symbolizing the heavy burden on women’s shoulders.

 

 

Smile - Maya

Smile (March 2019)

Foam Board on wood, acrylic paint

38 x 34 x 3 cm

This piece further explores women in today’s society. The subject is layered, portraying the multifaceted elements of a person’s feelings; the forced smile symbolizes the pressures of beauty and personality that are expected of women. Vibrant harmonious colours draw inspiration from Andy Warhol’s pop art style. The measuring tape handcuffs portray how societal beauty standards constrict one’s freedom whilst the words surrounding her are used to pressurize her.

Smile - Maya
Smile - Maya

 

 

Black and White Studies - Toula

Black and White Studies (March 2019)

Digital photography

41 x 28 cm each

For this set of two photographs I wanted to explore the raw, vulnerable emotions of women through poses evoking weakness, sadness and exhaustion. I experimented with lighting to accentuate shadows and used black and white colours to depict the dark and concealed truths hidden behind public appearances. The emotions conveyed in these photos were also inspired by Cindy Sherman’s photography, notably her Centerfolds collection, which aimed to address gender stereotypes and societal expectations.

 

 

Chained to Expectations - Maya

Chained to Expectations (April 2019)

Modroc

20 x 30 x 26 cm

I wanted to experiment with 3D work and continue working with the themes of my previous piece. I decided to craft a pair of hands tied together and bonded by measuring tape. This symbolises how weight and body perception has a hold on the mind that might be suffocating, or imprisoning our freedom. My goal here is to criticise this unhealthy expectation and obsession that seems to paralyse many, and I was inspired by the works of sculptors such as Auguste Rodin and the way he creates intricate hands.

 

 

Openly Hidden - Maya

Openly Hidden (May 2019)

Ceramic and oxide

18 x 17 x 10 cm

My intentions were to create masks formed in my own mould of a face that would incorporate features of architecture. I was inspired by the surreal features of artists’ work such as René Magritte, a painter, and Jess Riva Cooper, a sculptor. I therefore decided to make a series of three masks incorporating doors and windows, as whilst masks hide a face, windows allow one to see inside and to comprehend true emotions.

 

 

Safe Space - Maya

Safe Space (December 2019)

Acrylic on Canvas and Black Ink Pen

210 x 105 cm

I wanted to explore femininity through a different format, style and emotion from earlier work. Portrayed on a large scale, the subject is lying down on her bed, her face covered and eyes shut. The composition evokes loneliness and vulnerable melancholy, sentiments also reflected in Edward Hopper’s work. The style, a mixture of colourful realistic acrylic and simplistic black line work, evolved from the conceptual ideals of Tracy Emin and the pop-art style of Patrick Cauldfield.

 

 

Wilting Tears - Maya

Wilting Tears (March 2020)

Acrylic on Wood

70 x 114 cm

The young girl's expression is accentuated by her skin’s blue hue, her mouth is covered by a blooming rose, denying her the freedom to talk. This composition criticizes the direct assumption that a woman’s worth is measured by beauty, hence why I chose to contrast her emotive face with that of a stereotypically beautiful rose. Drawn to Chuck Close’s massive-scale photorealist portraits, I continued working on a larger scale for viewers to be uncomfortably aware of her facial expressions.

Particles - Maya

Particles (June 2019)

Pen Drawing

28 x 19 cm

 

The portrait depicts a female subject drawn in black pen in a pointillist style, inspired by artists such as Paul Signac. I wanted to experiment with this method as I enjoy how through small points and dots a greater image can be created. I also felt that the close-up image provided a personal perspective to the piece, allowing viewers to question the subject’s thoughts, the pointillist style also breaks down the human figure to a molecular level. In future pieces I would try to be more consistent and detailed by using more select sizes of pens in different areas and I would also like to experiment with colour pointillism.

 

 

City Motion - Maya

City Motion (October 2018)

Graphite on paper

43 x 65 cm

For City Motion I was inspired by the many pictures I took of people in motion throughout the streets of Paris, as well as photography from artists such as Henri Cartier Bresson, representing our rushed and fast paced lives and the relation between Man and city. The drawing shows a woman walking in front of a graffitied wall, her blurred figure showing that she is in motion, rushing to reach a destination, whilst the wall stands boldly behind her.

 

 

Women in Monoprint - Maya
Women in Monoprint - Maya
Women in Monoprint - Maya
Women in Monoprint - Maya
Smile - Maya
Smile - Maya
Smile - Maya
Out of Hand - Maya
Black and White Studies - Toula
Chained to Expectations - Maya
Openly Hidden - Maya
Safe Space - Maya
Wilting Tears - Maya
Particles - Maya
City Motion - Maya