In this project, my aim was to explore disfigurement of the human form as a result of environmental alterations. My original ideas for these works were based on harmful environmental factors and the capacity for them to drive beings to evolve or become extinct.
Inspiration for this was sparked from my last project in which one area of focus involved disfiguring the human form by subdividing the three dimensional structure of the body and diminishing the individual into simple shapes as a result of neurodegeneration. These mutated figures quickly adopted progressively abstract and futuristic styles, involving obscure choices in colour and geometry to construct their bodies. The entirety of this study has explored and embraced the balance between both adaptation and maladaptation as a result of genetic variation in correlation to environmental changes.
The obvious technique to first adopt for facial distortions was blind and continuous line drawings. The pieces above display a series of outcomes that came from this style of drawing. After embracing a style with simple, desirable outcomes, further layering and colour was applied in the development process.
"Sleeping Figure" combines a simple blind drawing with wire sculpture as well as photography and digital manipulation. Soon after this outcome, the figures within these works began to develop a progressively futuristic, colourful and abstract feel.
The main area of focus in these more recent works has involved the development of the fundamental drawings for the paintings, by referring in greater depth to anatomical structures, particularly in the head, upper extremity and torso regions. Once this style developed enough to produce consistently desirable outcomes, I began to apply colour to these works once again, producing much sharper and well thought through images than the earlier paintings.