Study of Two Heads

William  Thomas

Chapel Hill, United States

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Artist's Description

pastels, charcoal, conte, on paper 33.5″×44.5″

Artist Statement:

There is a divine richness in the complexity of structure and variety of skin tone in every human face. Racist and sexist ideologies have sought to use these differences to marginalize groups of people throughout history. By constructing painted composites derived from disparate digital photographs, I am exploring the visual relationships between two human subjects bearing emotionally complex expressions. These paired individuals share a pictorial space, but one does not appear to acknowledge or engage the other. Where the figures have been rendered achromatically, gender difference or facial features appear to be the distinguishing aspects. When color is incorporated into the faces I have a particular interest in illuminating the nuanced as well as the dramatic differences in complexion. Each viewer of the work is invited to determine how they fit into this dialogue about racial difference; who they identify with and why; and to question if their own complexion has ever limited their communication or understanding of another.

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