CLAIRE MILNER

REFLECTING THE IMAGE

hera_black.jpg

The collection of portraits entitled 'REFLECTING THE IMAGE' are influenced by historical portraiture, popular throughout human history, created with a contemporary twist. They partially reflect the viewer, making observer and observed integral to the work, a commentary on celebrity and the culture of the selfie, a message further enhanced by the informality of the close-cropped compositions. The works present an abstract quality, as a series of pointillist dots when viewed up close, which emerge as a coherent image as the viewer steps back to take in the ‘big picture’.

The 5ft x 5ft portrait of Marilyn Monroe, created with 65 000 Swarovski crystals in the private collection of Rihanna presents the entwined identities of public and private personas by hiding a secret painted portrait of Norma Jeane on the reverse, whilst the crystal mosaic mirror image of Marilyn Monroe, her famous alter ego stares out at the world. The portrait of the Queen was created in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee, with Swarovski Aurora Borealis special effects crystals so that from certain angles a diamond effect is presented and from others a definitive red, white and blue appearance as the crystals change colour. (Click on images for lightbox. See below for further individual image information).



IMAGE INFORMATION:

colour_block3.jpg