head series

Catherine Woskow, Head Series

 

My "Head Series" is a set of singular studies, 48 X 48 inches, painted in mixed media on wood panel. I apply layers of both thick acrylic and fluid glazes with minimal lines of graphite speeding across the top layers. The large Heads consist of at least 10 to 20 underlying heads. These layers of chaos, forming multi-dimensional selves, do not come to quiet conclusions. They are messy, as human heads tend to be – wrought with struggle.

I push the Heads toward the rawer and bolder, their chaos tempered with vulnerability, bating accidents with immediacy – applying each layer to express randomness, as simply one more layer in any Head, while maintaining an active overview which recognizes the vibrant energy of completion. In exploring this subject matter, I am acutely conscious of the different sources of my inner dialog: From my head? From my body? The head, chaotic thought, most often directed by violent contradiction. The body, intuitive guidance, more or less relief from thought. This work is to express the vital interplay between the two, an interplay which creates identity.

 

STAINLESS GREYGOLD | 48 x 48 inches | mixed media on panel | 2012

 

 

 

STAINLESS MILTON | 48 x 48 inches | mixed media on panel | 2012

 

 

 

CRIMSON | 48 x 48 inches | mixed media on panel | 2009

 

 

 

STAINLESS MANGANESE | 48 x 48 inches | mixed media on panel | 2012

 

 

 

RED | 48 x 48 inches | mixed media on panel | 2013

 

 

 

BLUE STAINLESS | 48 x 48 inches | mixed media on panel | 2010

 

 

 

STAINLESS VERTICAL | 48 x 48 inches | mixed media on panel | 2014

 

 

 

BLACKWHITE | 48 x 48 inches | mixed media on panel | 2010

 

 

 

STAINLESS BLUE OCHRE | 48 x 48 inches | mixed media on panel | 2014