So I have been working with portraits this semester. I have been reflecting to my roots as an Undergraduate at MICA and my professor in Portraiture, Abby Sangiamo (see link).
I enjoyed reading his Artist Statement at his website:
Abby Sangiamo's Artist's Statement:
"Whenever I begin a series I have a rough idea how the first piece will look but none at all about the last, years later, down the road. When a series looses its will to accommodate new ideas I give it up and move on. The frontal portrait series lasted through eight years and several hundred works, until ‘81, but a few years ago, inspired by tattoos as personal narrative, I breathed new life into some long forgotten pieces from that series that struck me as needy… and ready for dramatic change."
Literalism & Invention:
"I take liberties with mediums and methods but not with the structural integrity and recognizable identity of my subjects."
"My efforts have not been the result of philosophical introspection about the nature of art or a rationalized commitment to one kind of image making over another. I simply use my particular skills and inclinations in a way that feels most personally “right” at the time. As an artist I don’t feel the need for a conveniently selected philosophy of art or reality to give my inclinations its blessing."