Thursday, September 26, 2013

Row of Figures - Study

pencil 30x12cm

This is a line of figures which are crucial to an ongoing Work in Progress. I’ll leave the genesis of that piece until it’s finished.

I had to source images for a line of bodies seen from a certain angle, and I have spent some time over the last few days sifting through pictures of European atrocities. There were a lot of them, and I found it quite difficult. 

I isolated enough suitable figures for the space I needed to fill, and drew them together to form the line. Some of these photos were quite fuzzy and ill-defined, and the drawing process helped in understanding the forms, and in arranging how the individuals lay beside each other. They are now in place on the canvas, and will be ‘settled in’ as the piece progresses.

Just so that you know, they are - from left to right – a Bosnian woman, a Lithuanian jew, a Russian P.o.W, a Sudeten German lady, and an elderly Serbian woman.