Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Jenny Saville "Rosetta"

This painting jumped out at me when searching for a piece for this week's blog, mainly beacuse it looked strikingly scary. After looking at it for a few moments I started to appreciate the actual painting technique that was used by the painter, Jenny Saville. In an interview found on the internet, Saville rolls out canvas on her floor to paint them with paint brushes attached to sticks so that the five foot tall painter can sweep the paint across the canvas. Saville does not paint from real life, but rather images from photographs, medical textbooks and newspapers. She has even attended plastic surgery operations in order to see how flesh can be moved and manipulated. After reading that last line from the same interview, it made looking at her painting technique even more captiavting.