Portraits

Recently I have been investigating my own pareidolia (seeing faces or pictures out of randomness). I am struck by our propensity to search out a face from random visual data and yet barely recall another person’s features. We live our lives in a sea of faces real and virtual and yet we don’t really observe or relate. Many of our experiences can be reduced into vague features with personalities and histories we fabricate. And so with this curiosity I begin my paintings, abstractly at first with color fields, and then I conjure up the features from faces I recollect; from a cache of faces that have flooded my mind over time. The exaggerated features in fantastic color do not presume to belong together or even resemble faces as we know them. But my objective is to create someone somehow familiar.

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Carol
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