Paint­ing on skin can de­ceive au­di­ence

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d458243

Lora Folan in her stu­dio.

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