- Keine Perfektion
An art express 2007 project
Every person may have imagined what it would be like if they had a 100% symmetrical face. I want to introduce my artworks as well as Leonardo Da Vinci that has inspired me to think it through. He was an artist in the renaissance period that had a passion for perfecting the human face through painting and sculptures of the human body which intrigued him especially throughout that time. Renaissance period was a golden period where the artist explored the human body through their movement, expression and positions. Of course that came with it the obvious question: Can the renaissance artist deliver that perfection onto his paintings and artworks? It became an obsession rather than a goal. It was an obsession that drove him then to a long-lasting desire of questions. His questions revolved around the subject as to why god never created the person with perfection, and around the subject of anatomy. Leonardo was considered a perfected man for many people whenever they look upon his talented skills and remarkable knowledge. My artwork brings out Leonardo’s inner desire. The cause for that reason was looking at human beings themselves and noticing the difference in their faces. The deepness of the work and the carvings of the face is what driven him to accomplish that goal especially in a century where exploring the human body was of importance. The anatomy has been explored through this and this is part of the reason as why I am doing this artwork. He has created a notebook more than 200 drawings studying the human body and its proportionality. My artwork focuses on the physiological and mathematical understanding of the human face.
The artwork targets art critics,historians, teachers, students, patrons and other members of the public. The audience should have a new basic understanding of anatomy and its modern feel. The audience will not only feel the artwork but it will impact their mind wherethey will go home and take a look at the mirror. It should be a new realization and expositions to the way things are really are. The audience of the 21 st century will understand the concept and will bring different meanings to the interpretations of the world.
The artwork is a collection of mini artworks that are done over 8 months. It surrounds the subject of proportionality and symmetry. It is directly related to the anatomy of the human body from the influence of Leonardo Da Vinci. The materials used are very practical consisting of a mannequin head weighing at 40 kg, iron, string, and photographs of faces framed. The techniques used are hand made such as the iron, the sketching and the measurements taken. My artwork exist as representations of ideas related to anatomy, symmetry, and a more mathematical and physiological understanding of the human face.
The world has been aware of the subjects of anatomy and it has brought many improvements towards sciences, math, and art. It has opened doors to many explorations of the human body and medicine discoveries through the field of biology. Yet, we notice that the primary reason why Leonardo studied the subject was because of the artistic movements happening and the obsession of creating perfection. The world has been shaped from that cause and all those indirect discoveries came from one of the major sources of humanity. It was one of those sources that lead to curing diseases, using new formulas to problem solving exercises, and improving the artistic sketching of the human.
My artwork is a visual language representing a symbolic system between faces and models used to implement my idea and bring understanding to the audience and other artists. From this point, the message is received and delivered through the relationship between the audience and the artwork. The symbolic features of my artwork expressing that variety and style are the faces and measurements done to indicate false in symmetry. While other symbolic features include the two halves of the mannequin head designed in such a way to deliver the message clearly to the viewers. It is a basic communicative order the audience will achieve by affecting them as well and questioning their own looks. It a means of bringing discomfort yet curiosity unto the artwork. It will make them place closer attention to the formal and ordered organization of the faces from prettiest to ugliest and the placement of part within the work.
The artwork is directly related to this frame since I used symbols to deliver my message and refer to the world in an open minded context. It is the visual information of the faces and the measurements done that would question their own face. It is the visual information of an obsession in hopes of perfecting the other half of the face using human hands that would question their own ability on producing their own perfect work.
My artwork represents ideas which challenge the human body and sets limits to obsessive perfectionists.Throughout my artwork journey I have come across quotes from Leonardo Da Vinci and that describe the human figure and its beauty. It reveals truths and irony to their quotes. I have renovated the idea ofanatomy and the human face into a modern feel. I have brought with composition and style that would make it look different than what the audience typically tries to capture. I have adapted and reinterpreted basic images from these extraordinary influences and used them as an example for my art making process. They were close reference to my objective idea, but not my solid procedure towards techniques and practical objective. I have also investigated the potential newer technologies such as the computer.
The proportions of the face are amazing and yet he built up the face like those of pyramids. He based his mathematical analysis on letters and numbers. All those lines are the perfect features of a face and it depends on each person's face shape and structure.
The human skull is of two halves. Each half is perfectly symmetrical in accordance to the other. The question remains. How can the exterior part of the face make it seem non-symmetrical? It is the muscles of the face that take in the shape of the skull and that forms all those curves. But sometimes the muscles don’t contract in the way they should and thus creating a slightly less proportional side than the other.