80 x 80 cm | 29 x 29 in
'Ipek II', is an original painting in oil and acrylic on raw canvas. Part of Fontaine-Wolf's 'Scaffold Series'. This work will increase to ÂŁ1,350 by Monday the 9th May 2011. "This portrait of my friend Ipek shows her with shells and flowers in her hair â she wanted to use these items because the Turkish sea, where they come from, plays a large part in her sense of identity. In the âScaffolding Seriesâ I wanted to undress the illusion of the image, so as to reveal it in its becoming an image, i.e. in its passage to becoming what it is. To do this Iâve used techniques that essentially involve revealing the supports, scaffolding and material of the image. By starting out with a simple splash on raw canvas from which the soft features of the face begin to emerge the viewer can see the separate elements which create the image as a whole, in this way it captures a movement more beautiful than the image alone would be able to."
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.