Last of the pure experiments with the human form, this one perhaps less so than the first two, and given some of the work over the last year it’s actually fairly conservative. But I was happy with the balance of the piece, the blending of foreground and background, the equal-sided composition; hence the title.
I keep finding that the new techniques I’m working with leads first and foremost to an unsightly blob that has to be reeled in – this work was no different. Earliest versions struck me as sloppy and garish – there’s almost no line at all between too far and not far enough. In the past I’ve described photo art as a process of revealing the art hiding in the pixels of a photographic capture. But techniques I’ve been playing with includes so many layers, and, consequently, so many pixels I feel as though I’ve gone from excavating in a desert with a teaspoon to cutting through a jungle with a machete.
It’s not unusual to decide a particular piece is not working in one direction, retreat and start down a different path. My art has become so complex it now takes many times longer to reach that point in which wisdom finally overcomes stubbornness and I acquiesce to stepping back. Still one more creative technique; using reverse to move forward.
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.