Explorations in Painting and Printmaking as a Studio Art major. 36″ x 36″, Oil on Wood Panels, 2006, Wellesley College.

Challenge


My interest in the work of Chuck Close initially started off as an attempt to harness his sensibility and recreate that sensibility within a new context with my 2004 monoprint version of his “Big Self-Portrait” (1967-68). This then led to an investigation and compartmentalization of his work with myself, again, as the context of comparison.

Approach & Outcome


Prompted by Pat Steir’s approach of deconstructing visual styles, I divided up his work “Susan” (1971) using a grid system and applied various techniques and styles to each individual panel. As a result, this reproduced “Susan” with a new visual style, thereby referencing Chuck Close’s own method of creating new visual styles through the usage of grids.

    Untitled self-portrait in monoprint; an exploration of the work of Chuck Close

    Untitled self-portrait in monoprint; an exploration of the work of Chuck Close

    Behind-the-scenes process

    Behind-the-scenes process

    Final outcome

    Final outcome