This is my favorite painting by Salvador Dali. It represents an example of surrealist art. It has the essence of dreams. Often his painting take place in a desert like environment with the detail focused on the distorted images in the foreground, much like a dream.
Much of Dali’s artwork had societal significance and influence. His paintings often have a religious message or social intent.
During this project I have learned that artwork can be a collaborative process and that many creative minds are better than one. I have learned that artwork doesn’t need to be paint or charcoal. I learned how to consider the components of a large scale art piece such as balance, symmetry, and unity. Lastly, I learned how to use materials and combine them in order to evoke emotion or thought, which I believe our project was successful at doing.
For this self portrait project we used linoleum carvings to make prints with ink. I wanted to have repetitive prints to emulate one of my favorite artists, Andy Warhol. I chose to carve gestural lines for my hair which was originally the focal point. I used mechanical lines to add dimension on the face, neck, and shoulders. Lost and found lines were also used to create a layering effect and to give the appearance of having my hair on my shoulders. I used three essential colors (black, silver, and bronze) to achieve the desired effect of drama and balance. The silver and black in particular were capable of giving a negative effect. I added a touch of red for the lips to add a burst of color and because I believe that there should always be a little red. The background of the picture, I carved on the backside of the linoleum. The print is called demask. The picture I choose for my self portrait has a slight smirk for my expression, to add to the mystery I included a type of mask which highlights my eyes. The theme became a masquerade.