In my latest series, I am focusing on the act of wearing a face mask; a small piece of fabric connecting the world, strengthening our fight against an invisible enemy, but at the same time making us feel different. I want to emphasize the opportunity for self expression, strength and unity that a face mask can represent.
Incorporating symbols of strength in the copper patina background and amplifying the vibrant oil details of my subjects, I want to highlight the role we can all embrace in combating this world crisis together.
Each piece starts with white vinegar and salt on a copper panel, graphite drawing studies, gesso with watercolor underpaintings, drilling and cutting copper to allow for the mask fabric to pass through. That is all before I pick up my oil brushes. To get a photo realistic effect, I use the traditional renaissance glazing approach with many thin layers of opposing oil colors and fine details. Finally, I pull fabric through as a three dimensional element to highlight the importance and strength behind a small textile addition.
See my process on instagram.com/paintingsbydfesta
In Person Exhibitions:
"Unprecedented: Art Responds to 2020" Jun 12- Aug 1 at View Gallery, Old Forge, NY "Containment: Stories of Art in Isolation" Jul 10- Aug 7 at ARC Gallery, San Francisco CA