Sunday, November 22, 2009

Caught in Reflection

This is a slightly older painting of Kelsey, a model I worked with a lot before she went to college. The somber mood left me with some ambivalence, but a number of people have commented on it in the studio so I decided to post it. I have always been interested in pictures within pictures, because it seems to be a built-in way to reflect upon the process of image making and how images function in our world. This seems especially true when the secondary image itself is a reflected one, as it is in a mirror. We are all familiar with Velazquez' Las Meninas, and its examination of the nature of perception. Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergere is another enigmatic work that has had an influence on me.
oil on linen panel, 5.75 x 5.75 inches, 2009

1 comment:

  1. This is a beautiful painting Charles.
    I almost expect to see a tear on her cheek, the mood is such.
    The reflextion makes the veiwer look inside
    I googled the two paintings you've mentioned.
    Your inspiration comes from good stock!