Portraying the Unfigurable
I began this series of paintings after reading The World of Yesterday, an autobiographical novel by Stephan Sweig. There is a very sad and beautiful description of the juvenile hysteria of all these soldiers called to war - crowded trains full of young men proudly wearing their uniforms far from expecting the horror awaiting them on the battlefields and the trenches. Many of them will never come back, and the ones who will, will remember forever the noises of the bombs. For some the experience has left only mental scars; for others a mutilated body, a broken face. It is a series that portrays men without faces, trying to figure the disfigured by attempting to alter the relation to ugliness, to ultimately accept a certain kind of difference and to enable the viewer to not look at these deformities with disgust. This series questions the criteria of aesthetics and our representations of normal and abnormal.
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