bits of me 2013
The 100 Day Project is simple, do 1 thing each day, for 100 days.
This artwork grew from an online exercise where a few hundred people committed to doing a task each day and uploading their results to share with the group and anyone that was interested. Many people dropped out as the grind and difficulty of incorporating their task into their daily life conflicted with family and time commitments. There was an exhibition for the people that managed to complete, and this is my effort.
I cut up a self portrait photo into 100 pieces and each day painted a small segment. The pieces were so small that I couldn't tell which facial feature I was replicating so my task was to hand paint onto a 17.5 cm square board, an interesting abstract impression of the small photographic detail. To further the abstract qualities of the painting, I utilised the resistant qualities of oil and water paints by combining them within each square painting. It wasn't until the one hundredth board was completed that I saw the results of my daily abstracts. It employs the artist's drawing method of a grid to enlarge the abstract details. The method, completed in this fashion, creates a cohesion from disparate fragments. With this work, I am interested in the binaries of abstraction and realism co-existing within a single painting.