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Revival

July 12, 2017

 

 

During my childhood, I disliked going to studios where the teachers only let me draw inanimate fruits and vases, objects that I thought would only help enhance “skills” instead of visual expressions. However, when my fascination with doing portraits bloomed in middle school, all I cared about was to draw as realistic as possible. I started this piece at the age of 14, based on a picture of Coco Rocha (my favorite model of all time!) and a crown by Dolce & Gabanna (because I felt like adding something luxurious to match with her majestic features).

小時候,我不是很喜歡去畫室跟著老師的指示畫靜止的水果和花瓶,因為我認為那些訓練只能帶來技巧的進步而非視覺表達的能力。但是,當我對畫肖像的熱情在中學時綻放,我在乎的只有畫的越像越好。這幅是在我十四歲時開始,以一張Coco Rocha(我最欣賞的超模)的照片還有一頂出自Dolce&Gabanna 之手的皇冠(因為我想加一個華麗的東西來和她尊貴的面容相輝映),所組成的作品。

 

But I never finished it, because I didn’t know how to.

I did those out of an instinctive desire to capture beauty precisely, same as a lot of people. There was nothing wrong with that and I believe it was an important element to consider in the process. Yet I forgot how to express myself in my art while merely pursuing the techniques. I stared at it for several times, and still didn’t know what else it may be besides an enchanting image copied from a photo.

So it was pushed aside for quite a long while, until the day I cleaned my room weeks ago.

At this moment I had already experienced a couple brainstorming processes in previous projects that actually involved personal messages, so I decided to transform it with what I knew.

但我一直沒有把這幅畫完成,因為我不知道如何繼續。

我畫這些都是出自於一種想精準捕捉美的本能,很多人也是這樣。

這完全沒有錯,而且我覺得追求美是創作過程中要考慮的重要因素。然而在一昧追求技巧時,我忘了如何在我的畫作中展現自己。我曾多次很認真的盯著它看,卻還是無法感知到它除了是一副從照片上複製下來的迷人畫面之外還能是什麼。

於是,它被我擱置在一旁好一段時間,直到最近我在整理房間時才「重見天日」。

這時我已經在先前的幾次計劃有了包含個人意見的思路,所以我決定用我目前所知的來進行改造。

I burned it.

Not physically, but visually.

By putting undiluted red acrylic paint on the sketching paper and spread it out with a piece of cardboard, I felt just like setting fire on my past. Not to annihilate a part of me, but to revive and become a more mature artist.

我燒了它。

不是真的物理性的那種,而是視覺性的。

當我將紅色壓克力顏料直接擠在畫紙上然後用紙板刮開時,感覺就像在我的過往經歷放火。這並不是要消毀我的一部份,而是借此浴火重生為一位更成熟的藝術創作者。

 

xx, Winnie WYC

 

Featuring:

"Revival" (2017) by Winnie Chen

Material: Watercolor paper, color pencils, watercolor, acrylic paint

 

 

 

 

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