Curses, Rites, and Questionable Offerings: Art of Folk Horror
Applying the looser and more expressive approach to figurative painting. This is a work in progress…although I am going to move on to another version in a different style of the same image. I like the sense of contrast adding drama. The gold ochre and gold acrylic boule lead the other colour choices making for a kind of grisaille. While this was intended as underpainting, the limited colour palette lends more drama and a sense of design.
I like the sense of melodrama and also fairy tale (mirror, mirror…) that the high contrast lends the painting. The shape in the foreground might be a little too nebulous; just a bit more form perhaps needed.
Next up, working on a) using different ratio/proportion methods (dividers, grids); needed as I moved the features of the face around a lot when painting this – rather countering the sense of an expressive approach.
Update: Have said that I’d leave it…I didn’t and while some bits are better, I lost the likeness and the strong simplicity of the face…once you move one feature then the rest go out and I ended up pushing and pulling around. So really need to find an approach to measuring that doesn’t feel too strained.
After working in the computer industry and spending some years conducting research into cinema and digital media, I became convinced that the innovative qualities of videogames as participatory media required closer academic attention. As such I have spent most of my career championing the inclusion of games within the academy, and arguing for games as an art form, a role I continue as a Professor at Falmouth University. Alongside this, and my scholarly work on the Gothic, I also maintain, in various forms, a visual art practice. This blog comes out of enrolling on the MA Fine Art degree programme at Central Sr Martins. It is mainly a record of my reflections on the work that I have undertaken for the degree. After having written about folk horror in games and cinema as an academic, this blog will focus on folk horror as a focus for my art practice.