I started this painting as I felt I hadn’t done anything ‘big’ in a while. The painting is actually pretty different than the one I set out to make but Im unusually pleased with it. Whilst I’m still not 100% convinced of the style I think I can take away some aspects I think the decision to blend the clothes with the bending background was a successful one, the background was directly based on the floor of the s-21 prison. The figure was from one of the few photos I found that had the subject taken from two different angles, I took the decision to step away from the more somber images I had been making and try out something that was somewhat removed from the event.
I am trying to push the subject matter into something more obscure. The large coloured pieces are ok but dont bring anything new, they are just ordinary paintings. Nothing special. But these sketches are something a bit different looking at the painting close up you firstly view the negative space and the squares then the features when you move away. This was painted with ink but I would like to use oils on a large canvas, maybe a series of paintings.
These are the original images below they have been edited to show higher contrast.
I wanted to try a larger piece with ink so I stretched up some cotton canvas and started this piece. I have been trying to push the portraits of the Tuol Sleng victims to something less figurative, more representational as Im not sure if more detailed, coloured images are working. This was ment to have more colour and detail but I left it as it was, I let the ink sink in to the cotton and quite like the effect, it certainty looks creepier, it wont work on linen.
I read on some forums that ink and cotton dont really go together unless the cotton is primed as the ink gets messy and soaks into the fabric but I think that will look pretty good so that’ll be the next thing on my list to try.