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Masks: Visual Art collage using chemigram on photographic paper overlaid on original drawing

Masks is a meditative abstract photographic artwork that uses original drawing (a self-portrait), with chemigrams arranged in a basic collage. The picture explores identity and the complex interplay between the self as both artist and photographer.

The use of a chemigram obscuring part of the self-portrait symbolises a mask and represents the thought that the true artistic self is being hidden by the photographic self. The speaks to a long history of tension between conceptions of traditional art and photography.

The work examines multiple layers of identity and the potential role of photography in masking or revealing aspects of the self. What is the ideal balance between the roles of artist and photographer?

Are these roles mutually exclusive, and if not, how can they be unified while staying true to both forms of expression?

- visual art work using original sketch and chemigram, arranged in a basic collage. The work is introspective and questions whether photography and cameraless image making is a mask behind which I hide the true artistic self. Are these opposites? Is their fusion the authentic creative drive?

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SRN_20230515_0127-2-Edit-3.jpg
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Steve Nimmons
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4027x6040 / 14.5MB
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Steve Nimmons Portfolio, Collective Unconscious: Visualising Dreams and Meditations
Masks is a meditative abstract photographic artwork that uses original drawing (a self-portrait), with chemigrams arranged in a basic collage. The picture explores identity and the complex interplay between the self as both artist and photographer. <br />
<br />
The use of a chemigram obscuring part of the self-portrait symbolises a mask and represents the thought that the true artistic self is being hidden by the photographic self. The speaks to a long history of tension between conceptions of traditional art and photography.<br />
<br />
The work examines multiple layers of identity and the potential role of photography in masking or revealing aspects of the self. What is the ideal balance between the roles of artist and photographer? <br />
<br />
Are these roles mutually exclusive, and if not, how can they be unified while staying true to both forms of expression?<br />
<br />
- visual art work using original sketch and chemigram, arranged in a basic collage. The work is introspective and questions whether photography and cameraless image making is a mask behind which I hide the true artistic self. Are these opposites? Is their fusion the authentic creative drive?