Beginning of a big size canvas (2m long) ! I’ll post pictures of a few steps of the creation of this painting, this “work-in-progress” (WIP).
Some lines drawn at random, and you already start seeing creatures in them, inventing people and a story, like in a dream, or when you look at the clouds. You “romanticize” the chaos… You create life by observing the nothingness, meaning by looking at the meaningless…
First creatures found from this chaos of chalk drawings : one is a kind of guitarist whithout a guitar, the other, on the top of a mechanical spring, could be a singer. Beginning of a new rock band ?
Photo © Eric Bourdon
Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, The Man in the Moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse. It also makes miracles happen when people think they found the Virgin Mary or Jesus Christ in a piece of toast !
The great interest of bodypainting seems to be the possibility it offers to directly ‘paint’ the reality (and what more perfect part of the real world than the human body ?) without, however, having to make any kind of representational work.
You don’t copy anything, you don’t try to imitate a model, or to reproduce on paper what you see. You don’t bother with representation anymore, you just put the paint on the bodies themselves, and the power of painting simply ‘shines’… In such case, the reality, the body, is used to its best potential in the service of the painting itself, not the other way around.
…even this little piece of cheese !
This is an improvised painting, its drawing was inspired by a doodle on the cover of You Deserve Nothing, a 2011 novel by the American writer Alexander Maksik. It could be an allegory about the rich accumulating unnecessary goods while refusing the poor (the grey mouse) to feed themselves. The bird could be a state agent. A scenario among others…
UPDATE : Take a look at the step-by-step creation of : You dirty rat deserve nothing (the new title!), along with an other improvised drawing, and an other story, created from the same doodle…