Faces

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. And so with this curiosity I begin these paintings, abstractly at first with color fields, and then I conjure up the features from faces I recollect. The exaggerated features in fantastic color do not presume to belong together or even resemble faces as we know them. My hope is that these paintings create curiosity about the face and about human beings behind faces.

Angel, 2020

acrylic and oil on wood panel

30 x 24 in

Moon Faced, 2020

acrylic and oil on canvas sheet

12 x 12 in

Underexposed, 2020

acrylic and oil on canvas sheet

12 x 12 in

Speak Not a Word, 2020

oil on paper

12 x 9 in

Regenerist, 2020

oil on paper

12 x 9 in

Somewhere Else, 2020

acrylic and  oil on canvas sheet

12 x 12 in

"Sheila", 2020

acrylic and oil on canvas sheet

12 x 12 in

The Listener, 2020

acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas sheet

12 x 12 in

Simon Says, 2020

acrylic and oil on canvas sheet

12 x 12 in

A Glass of Milk, 2020

crayon on paper

9 x 8 in

Carol
Wilkin
Amidi