Creation began, and continues to be inspired, by this artwork. I have been refining my technique and practice my ability to layer, experiment and examine my own work as I create and after. This work in particular has inspired some experimentation and examination into portraiture, Art Nouveau and Feminist theory.
This small collection of artworks reflects upon some current research I am completing into the Art Nouveau movement, and how it influenced key artists such as Gustav Klimt, Aubrey Beardsley and Dante Gabrielle Rossetti. The artworks featured here obviously show some key influences from these artists and the movement in which they practiced; however, I find my images from social media websites such as Pinterest and Instagram and connect with these images on a more intimate level.
I question who the person in the image is, how they were connected to the photographer, or if they took the image themselves? How they felt about the finished photo, and if they gave their permission for it to be published online and then shared.
I am interested in how people choose to connect with these images. How do they view what I have painted? Do they connect it to a selfie they took last Friday night before they went to a concert? Or do they associate it purely with an image of a famous person on a perfume advert? I am also exploring how the person is depicted and how are they intended to be perceived by the original viewer? Amongst all of these things, is another lingering coincidence - they're all beautiful. All of the women in my portraits are the visual embodiment of what popular culture dictates is beautiful. This pivotal word 'beautiful' is what is driving my research. Beauty is a catalyst - it drives people, empowers people and also dictates success.
This is the theme for my thesis research for the next four months as I complete my degree.
How does feminine beauty perform as a socially acceptable catalyst for success?
Abbey is a practicing Visual Artist and high school teacher.