The idea of the female gaze is central to my painted portraits of iconic female characters from film and television. I'm mesmerised by the power these characters hold in the collective psyche.
My Contemporary Icons series explores the relationship between painting and cinema, trying to capture, as Barthes says in Mythologies, "that moment in cinema when capturing the human face still plunged audiences into the deepest ecstasy". I want the viewer to lose themselves in the complexity and emotion of the human face.
After watching the 3D version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 2011, I wondered if it would be possible to create a 3D image using oil paint.
I researched how to make an anaglyph 3D photograph of a projected film still, and then selected one film to represent each decade between the 1950s and 2000s, before the use of 3D became prominent in mainstream cinemas. The selection process was entirely subjective – although I tried to choose films which I thought represented each decade. The main project consists of six paintings of the anaglyph versions of the film stills I chose from each film.