Faded star number 1 – Anouk Aimee
I’ve been working on my Faded Stars series for about 4 years now, honing and changing my techniques as I chose new ‘muses’
The idea of “Faded Stars” came from my love of graffiti art and the memory of trying to steal concert posters glued to walls in my misguided youth.
I love vintage images of glamorous actresses from the golden age of Hollywood – my first ‘muses’ were Louis Fuller with her serpentine dance and Louise Brooks with her trademark black bob and huge eyes.
I prefer to photograph my own images directly from documentaries on sky arts and then editing them, changing levels and printing before transferring to mdf board – I work on A3 as it lends to the final image rather than going larger. I prepare the background and collage relevant photographs or maps as a base to transfer. Once the images are positioned I sit for ages and decide how I want them to look – I am currently using blocks of colour – red, yellow and blue (straight from the acrylic tube – no mixing!) then a light sanding and a matt varnish and they’re ready.
Luckily the gallery does not want the images framed – apparently in France they like to choose their own frames – how civilised! I would usually use unbleached wood floating frames. I’m going to post a photo a day for the next 30 days – please like and share if you like my work