I spent some time in the States last month and before the trip, I thought I'd do a portrait of a recognisable American in memory of my trip to the States. I was there to attend the EG Conference where I was invited as one of the speakers. I'll blog about that experience soon - it was amaaazing - and here's my mum's post about it on her blog.
I've been working on portraits of Chinese figures so far because I'm living in China and I thought it'd be a great way to learn more about the culture and people here through researching about them and utilising local materials to go about my art projects.
I was going to ask friends on Facebook to suggest a American I should paint - then I thought - hold on - Why not the creator (or co-creator!) of Facebook himself?! And what if I played around with the words 'Face' and 'Book'? ...oh wow...was I being PUNNY?!
I liked the idea but didn't know how to go about using books for the portrait. But inspiration came to me one day as I was working on some facade systems in HASSELL, the architecture company that I work for.
On the left - a building shading system. On the right - my art project concept!
Ting ting ting! An idea! Why not cut grooves into the books by slicing off the edges of the pages? So that was what happened. I collected 36 books (Game of Thrones - the thickest I could find!) and started carefully slicing off the pages of the books. And don't worry - by slicing off just the sides, the books can still be read...no words were cut off!