Call for Entries Accepted Artists
Artist Barbara Mehlman
Woodland Hills, California
Hannah with Teapot
Precepts:•Orient viewer via physical cues in “reading” the pictorial space of the painting•Leverage physical nonverbal “reading” of the space to provide content about the elements and relationships in the painting•Create a sensation that asks nonverbally about dilemmas of living •Create work about things one does not understand •Compelling on a human level• “Beauty” – clarity of content, craft, and respect for formal ideas•Don’t try to enforce a message•Act like a mad scientist
I created a grid of white thread directly on the wall into which I interwove a portrait of Hannah using copper-wire. I fashioned torn pieces of glassine into the shape of her face between the wall and the thread/wire portrait. I constructed a cube-like grid of fish line coming out 5 ft from the wall to hold copper wire objects like the teapot found in this image. The installation was lit, photographed and brought into a Hi Res Photoshop file. I worked with a 1-pixel paintbrush to finish image.
My work often begins as a drawing, re-presents itself during intermediate stages as a walk-about installation & as a series of photos, and eventually culminates into a painting. Original graphite/tempera drawings are excised from their painting through the process of image transfer, deconstructed into salient sections, & awarded the properties of real objects in the real space of an installation. The end “product” of these ruminations can be a sculpture, an installation, paintings and animations
Precisely how these installations are photographed determines whether they are perceived as a photograph, a photograph of a painting/sculpture, or as a painting. More than anything else, I am a painter and I see these techniques as a way for the viewer to be oriented enough in reality to be suspended by the paint.