Deep roots; face imprinting

I believe the human face holds more mystery and intrigue and imprints the heart and mind more powerfully than any other singular image. I am excited to embark on another study of this subject through a series of monoprints, formed by carving and inking 3-dimensional faces and printing them on a variety of surfaces and backgrounds. After first printing, I am delighted to find that this method produces some unpredictable yet totemic images; I cannot help but feel drawn in a deep way (I’m not a psychologist but I suspect due to the instinctual imprinting that remains with us since infancy), and look forward to beginning a new series of works exploring the subject.

I find the paper prints somewhat reminiscent of Rorschach test images and the canvas prints not dissimilar to an ancient burial shroud left with impressions of the long dead.

No two prints are the same. Let me know what you think…

head #1, ink on paper

head #1, ink on paper

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head #1, ink on canvas

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head #1, carved printing block

 

For interest, here is a National Science Foundation report on the psychology of the image of the human face.  http://www.face-and-emotion.com/dataface/nsfrept/psychology.html

Thanks for watching!

artboy68

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7 thoughts on “Deep roots; face imprinting

  1. That’s a very interesting technique. I love to see how simple an image can be made and still remain recognisable.

  2. clinock says:

    evocative and distilled – like visual haiku – look forward to seeing more in this series…

  3. Helen Cherry says:

    Love this, and your descriptions of what the different mediums make you think of…. maybe do some real faces too ? :D

  4. Very cool, Scott. I like the simplicity of the first image– it has an air of mystery, and really jumps out. Nice work!

  5. […] pictorial (with brief commentary) continuation of my previous discussion on “deep roots: face imprinting“.  Experimentation and exploration of the human visage is the thread here; some of the […]

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