100 Days Project

Barry: Me in Pieces

A self-portrait photograph (see left) has been segmented into 100 pieces and shuffled. Each day I receive a single segment to paint (each painting is 175mm square) and, because of the enlarged detail of the segment I am unaware of exactly how each individual piece connects with the whole.
Painting by eye and directly onto my substrate, I attempt to replicate the segment by my judgements in accuracy, scale, form and colour.
This is a mixed media project utilizing oil, enamel and water based paints, my task being to gain some coherence from the non-compliant interaction of mutually exclusive mediums (acrylic and oil), as well as combining contrasting categorizations (abstraction and realism).

If you follow the link, the individual abstract pieces are fitted back into place to reconstitute the image:
http://www.barryrosssmith.com/section695281_513896.html