Pentimenti

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Derived from the Italian word pentirsi meaning to repent or regret, a pentimento, is the trace of a previous work when the artist has altered or changed the composition.

Changes are usually hidden beneath a subsequent paint layer. In some instances they become visible as the paint layer becomes transparent with time. Artits such as Cezanne and Matisse often show several contours in the search for the “correct” one. These multiple corrections can aid the expression of three dimensions giving a sense of roundness and volume.

Over time artists have explored this process in different ways as in the case of Frank Auerbach where the work itself displays the submerged record of its own realisation. So distinctive are the pentimenti that each painting carries within itself the visible history of the artist’s search for the final image.

I have used this painterly effect to add another element to the image.The found objects are positioned, re-positioned, photographed and re-photographed the rejected attempts make it possible for a new and previously unexpressed meaning.

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