This graphite pencil drawing ‘Sheer Deco Nude – 14-10-22’ is a deepening of my love for texture of fabrics. My Last drawing of Louise Brooks also bears witness to that and the one before that as well. Surely my satin fetishes already showed but now it was time to experiment with sheer fabrics on the female form. Some time ago I saw Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet. In a particular scene at Mr Darcy’s house she is gazing at a statue with a veiled face. I found that simply fascinating. Very classic, a bit corny perhaps but I don’t mind. I already explained I am not living in the era I should have been. I certainly will not burn my art works either like Damien Hirst, that’s for sure. Instead I gladly refer to art works of eras gone by.
Unfortunately I don’t know the origin of the reference picture so I cannot give someone credits. It must have been in the 1920s since I was searching for art deco photography. Not at all certain deco I must confess but my added cubist styling could be though. In my art statement to ‘Art Deco Nude – 02-10-22’ I give the generally accepted definition of the style. I state it once more: “Geometric styling of naturalistic forms with a degree of abstraction and streamlining. As a natural consequence it flows from bringing them back to the essence geometrically”. I came to realize I did just that, wouldn’t you agree?
In art class I often tell students about the principle ‘variation in repetition, repetition in variation’. A further explanation on the subject can be found here. As to this drawing I can mention the repetition of angles in which certain contours manifest themselves. They are counterbalanced by other contours placed in a different angle and thus serve as a variation. by this principle eyes are reassured because the artist offer them structure though which the work can be read. However, too much repetition can be boring and too much variation only creates incomprehensable entropy. As an artist I see it as my task to employ this principle optimally and offer viewers a sound interpretation. I try to give meaning to representations and forms even if they seem meaninglessly chaotic in real life.
Pitt Graphite Matt pencil (Faber-Castell) drawing on Fabriano Ingres paper (21 x 28.2 x 0.1 cm)
Artist: Corné Akkers
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