Stephanie Corne turns the body into a canvas to create awareness about disorders like vitiligo.
HOW do you best capture an emotion for posteritya��with a photograph or a painting? For France-born and New York-based visual artist Stephanie Corne, both mediums are key to making sense of the world.
Cornea��s solo show at Kalinka Gallery, Beyond the Skin, features compelling and painstakingly constructed portraits from her three-year-old project, Facemotions. Each portrait is a photograph of a person captured with expressions, either raw or sublime, against a backdrop of an abstract painting. a�?Corne sees the inner emotions of her models in a swirl of colours and paints on their skin to enhance the sentiment, making the face and body a live canvas,a�? says gallery ownerA� Karine Pelade, curator of the exhibition.
Painting on the skin comes naturally to Corne. Recalling celebratory traditions, she says, a�?I look at it as my interpretation of aA� 21st century ritual where I represent what is going on right here, right now.a�? Riveting amongst these are paintings on the skin of persons with vitiligo and albinism, portraying stoic acceptance,A� surrender or defiance.
Then there is the camouflaged soldier fading into the background, the radiating serenity of an incandescentA� Madonnaesque figure, the strangled outcry of a woman finding voice, and the haunting confrontational gaze ofA� a girla��s upturned face. But perhaps the most politically relevant (considering the current outrage against police killings), is Unarmed and Dead, featuring a black bare chested man with eyes tightly shut and face contorted in pain, as splotches of paint on his torso evoke bullet wounds. Therea��s also Irises, an ensemble of paintings which depict how celebrated artists and thinkers see the world through an image of an iris.
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