As Adam, early in the morning: exploring the transience of the human body through painting
Doğanoğlu, Berke (2018) As Adam, early in the morning: exploring the transience of the human body through painting. [Thesis]
This text intends to provide an analysis for the series of paintings I have produced within the last three years that culminated in the exhibition As Adam, Early in the Morning. The series consists of paintings that emphasize vulnerability of the human body without exposing the figure's identity. The paintings subvert the relationship between the figure and the spectator; either the head is removed, the eyes are indiscernible or the figure is seen from behind. The anonymity of the figure allows the spectator to project their own narrative onto the works. Throughout this paper I will be discussing my criteria for the paintings; focusing on how the paint handling matches the disorderly power of the flesh and how the anti-narrative tendency of the paintings obliges the viewer to project on the paintings.
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