Fine Art

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Dance With My Father was the title given to my exhibition.
I spend several hours with dancers and working as a healthcare practitioner. As a result, I find the human form a powerful vessel of expression.
In my painting Dance With My Father, the shape of a woman leaps from the dark, fluid depths into the light. The textures of the background both absorbing her and propelling her into the light. The use of space in the background is ambiguous which gives an abstract representation of sky and sea, air and water. They are not clearly defined as two separate elements.
I used acrylic paint with gloss medium on canvas. In the flesh tones I incorporated the same olive green and viridian that I used in the background colours. While I was painting I listened to sound effects of water, storms and wind to get a turbulent atmosphere.  The title pays tribute to my late father as well as those who struggle with or who have a loved one who struggles with anxiety and depression. My goals as an artist are to evoke emotion and create movement using two dimensional materials. My work is drawn from personal experience, common issues that many people experience, but might not necessarily want to share. I have only just begun to explore human emotion in a two dimensional form. This artwork is just a steppingstone to future projects. I intend to explore this theme further.

Painting and portraits...
Faces are fascinating. In my opinion, a portrait should not merely capture the physical likeness of a person but their essence and humanity as well. We are more than our physical space, we are our emotions, our personalities and even our quirkiness which is what ultimately separates us as individuals. I use texture and colour to add to the story and impart an ambience.
Categorising one's work is difficult, but if I had to I would combine three genres, figurative, narrative and surrealism. My figurative work is driven by the reaction to the emotions that movement evokes. I create contrast by emphasising light and shadow in my figurative portraits. Although I work in oils and love the medium, I find working in acrylics most suitable, as they dry faster and lend themselves to working on large scale paintings. I spend a reasonable amount of time watching dancers and I am captivated by their movement, how their bodies and costumes flow, in turn accentuating their form. Part of my creative process is observing how they interpret music, mood and narrative into movement.

Charcoal Portrait Drawings

8%20Michelle Laubcher-Jäger
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13%20Michelle Laubcher-Jäger

Charcoal’s expressive quality lends itself to portraiture. The medium provides a wide range of tonal values creating moods from dramatic to ethereal. I use charcoal sticks, pencils, dust, brushes, sachets and erasers for different effects in portraits. Paper quality is also important in establishing an atmosphere.