122 x 122 cm | 45 x 45 in
Original painting in oil, acrylic, ink and pastel on canvas.
"Born from dialogue between myself and my model in which the significance of images of women, beauty and self-image was discussed. This very personal account then gave way for my process of creation to begin. The dialectic between desire and lack initially framed in relation to the question of self-image, was then taken up as the central problem for the creation of an image in painting; in which initial ideals were transformed and modified through a practical process of questioning, drawing from various traditions of portraiture and painting. A portrait was completed, then covered again, before the remaining elements of the features and face were drawn out and re-imagined."
Fontaine-Wolf is an artist of great technical ability, tact and an instinct so sure and refined that her work can afford to be as much about what she leaves out as what she gives existence to in the final work. A fine balance between the extremes of the photo-realistic and the expressionist; polished fullness and the flatness of a blank canvas, the resulting paintings retain the rawness of a work that seems to have been born in front of you. This dialectic between the tamed and the wild finds its thematic echo in the notion of femininity and the expectations of beauty that Wolf presents and evaluates.