(Click on each portrait for special info… at the bottom you’ll read about the general Thumbnail philosophy!)
Everyone in the social media world, knows what thumbnails are. Those perfect little squares – on the laptop screen which we crop, we fade, we give a vintage look, or make the sun come out from the upper left corner; we create it perfectly and we become wrinkle-free or mysterious or romantic – and this thumbnail represents us on facebook. It’s our profile pic. Similarly, we share such photos on Instagram, on Twitter, and the rest of the social media world.
Quite affected by social media, I began wondering, “Why do we share so much?” Are we really “sharing”? Are we filling in the gaps of our lives out of boredom? I began thinking how all of us, living our mortal lives, are using all these filters to in an attempt to achieve some “stardom” in our little thumbnail.
But… (there is always a “but”….!) There are certain stars, which we ponder upon, we watch on our 50in tv screen, or we identify on our shazam mobile application while driving, because of their majestic voice. We google these stars and yes! Without a doubt Greek actress Jenny Karezi had a unique brio – Charlie Chaplin kept us quiet while our mothers listened to the fast track, wordless music – The King, the Prince, Gene and Janis still make us dance and sing, while Vivien’s gaze makes us freeze in our tracks and Audrey’s feminine petiteness pours out in everything she does.
These bright stars (and more to come) are transferred on square canvases – a magnification of the thumbnail. They are without shadows and without a background which we are typically trained to see in portrait paintings. Alas, how is one to paint the shadow of a dead star? The background color of the canvas is transparently applied, and stripes of gold symbolize the glare of the shining screen of the laptop, smartphone or tablet. On the bottom left corner of each artwork, one finds the share button.
So, I am sharing a collection of stars with you and the world – as I feel them to exist. They are to be found everywhere and they shower us with their light – they are beautiful and bright. With my oil paints, my brushes and leaves of gold I wish to refute all applications, filters and adjustments. I hope to converge my paint to capture the spirit world, through a journey of technology and time, destined to live on a linen canvas, forever.
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