Portfolio > Floating Faces 2004 - 2008

Blue Monochrome
oil on linen
22" x 18

The didactic panels in museums often try to interpret the "emotions" of the sitter, as conveyed by their face, often falling into cliched narratives based on the life of the sitter. The portraits I liked best were the ones where the expressions almost looked photographic, less composed, as if caught by the faster shutter speed of a camera.

I tried to get more specific, assigning in the titles to each face a particular emotion. Although I don't believe the interpretations are very stable, they may be an indicator of my own projections at the time.