Painting on skin can deceive audience
NEDLANDS artist Lora Folan opened her solo exhibition at The Bird in Northbridge last night.
The exhibition, Strangers Again, uses real people as part of the canvas creating the illusion of a two-dimensional painting from a three-dimensional installation.
She said the humans used were from varying fields and often in relationships with her.
“I love participatory art that people can become immersed in by literally being covered in paint and being photographed,” she said.
“This style of art is relatively new and unexplored and it is a really fun process painting on someone and receiving their feedback during the whole process.
“My art involves tricking the viewer into thinking that they are looking at a 2D painting, when in actual fact they are looking at a photo of a 3D installation of a painted person and backdrop.”
The exhibition will display 23 images and 19 handmade frames.
Folan said part of the inspiration behind the theme of the exhibition, Strangers Again, is human relationships and how the relationships transform.
“My relationship with some of the models in the images has changed over the development of the works over the past 12 months, hence we have become ‘strangers again’,” she said.
The exhibition opened on August 22 and runs until September 11 at The Bird.
Lora Folan in her studio.