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Loréne Bourguignon

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Looking and watching are essential aspects of self-portraiture. This is the reason why I have begun to restrict myself to the detail of the ‘eye’ as the sole subject of my paintings. I attempt to paint the eye in such a way that it is still looking back at me, and at the same time turns out to be a self-portrait. In similar vein, I increasingly concentrate on rendering other aspects of the face in a highly detailed, and thus alienating manner, yet ensuring that they are still recognizable as parts of my face.
self-portrait
self-portrait
self-portrait
self-portrait
ille (2), 2001, fotopolymer etching
ille (2), 2001, fotopolymer etching
Detailed studies of the face also form the core of my graphic work. In 1994, I was engaged by the Rotterdam Center for Visual Arts to explore the technique of heliogravure. Again taking polaroids as my starting-point, I cut the pictures in such a manner that new compositions emerged, together with new meanings. in technical terms, I obtained the same soft ‘transitions’ in heliogravure that I seek to achieve in my paintings, a kind of latter-day ‘sfumato’. These heliogravures complement my paintings in important ways.Late in 1996, I extended my exploration of facial details through the use of yet another medium. With a video-camera connected to a computer, I filmed myself in the same ‘random’ manner as I do shooting polaroids. Having first turned them into ‘stills’, I proceeded by reworking the videos on the computer, taking great care that the resulting images were recognizable my ‘own’, blending into harmonious unity with the rest of my work. A selection of these stills have been compiled into two small books, ‘Mouth’ and ‘Eye’.Paradoxically, these developments enabled me to embark on large format painting, in which certain aspects, such as ‘hair’, are especially elaborated. The detail thus resulted in monumental work.
Only very recently the portrait of my father appeared as well in my paintings and fotopolymer etchings. The self portrait has developed into an androgen image, in which the father and daughter coincide.March, 2004
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