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The lost object of love
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posted on 27.02.2017by Lindner, Karyn
The Lost Object of Love is a project that has at its heart, loss and identity.
The loss of a child as she physically changes whilst growing up has
prompted an enquiry into ways of drawing and painting that deal with loss
and transient identity.
Photographs inspire my images as other painters have also, since its
invention, used photographs. Portraiture in both photography and
painting has significantly changed in the eras of pre and post Cubism,
both pictorially and conceptually. One of the main components of
naturalistic portraiture is its ability to define a subject. This can be difficult
when trying to explore complex identity through mimetic representation.
Photography has become very close to painting in its ability as a medium
to produce powerful, evocative art. However, I have sought to define what
is still different between painting and photography and conclude that
touch can return corporeality to an image that photography has made
In order to both protect my daughter's privacy and to afford greater
imaginative input; masks, performance, and painting techniques have all
been explored. A series of watercolour drawings and paintings have been
made in which the child stereotype has been challenged.
I have included a discussion on representation and power, especially
pertaining to mothers as artists and their responsibilities towards their
own child subjects.