Two new paintings. Experimenting a little bit.
Two new paintings – titled Introversion I and II. Both are oil paintings combined with beeswax, which is used to cover and obscure parts.
These were inspired by a discussion on showing personality in art. Sometimes people associate rawness in painting manner as being open, and that in turn becomes personal, “honest” art to them. Polish, or even anything not very painterly, quietness and introversion do not always seem to register as any sort of personality.
This has always bothered me. I used to strive for a painterly look, until during my thesis paintings I really got into thinking honestly about my personality. I am quiet, introverted, self-critical even to the point of it being a hindrance – would it not be false for me to paint in a very energetic, confident way? I feel the way I paint is a truthful representation of me. That’s where the rawness in my art lies. For me, excess polish would be to paint “freely”, in a way that is usually called “expressive”. The polish just wouldn’t be on the painting, but on my personality.
The aim is to illustrate that even where the person is fully covered and closed-up, either by fabric or the distortion of the beeswax, there is still more said than hidden.
I also made some personal paintings for the joint exhibition. We felt it important to have a few pieces of our own, to showcase how we usually work, so people can compare them to the pieces we had both painted on. The first one is a bit of a joint effort though, Tero painted the skull on the table. We decided to consider it my painting, because I made all the decisions on it – to contrast with the co-operational nature of the other paintings we worked on together.
Finally some decent photos!
These have been so much fun to work on – and we have gotten such nice feedback, it’s incredible.
I made a sacrifice for comfort – half of the table we are using for priming is made out of my studio door!
We’ll be answering questions and talking about the exhibition at the gallery this Saturday (21th of March), so I’ll have more pictures to post next week.
The local newspaper was also kind enough to write a piece and a critique about the exhibition (both only in Finnish).