When iam working with human faces, i usually choose anonymous portraits or self portraits. There are some exceptions, for example the one which i made for the memory of Amy or lately when i used a Mao Cetung portrait photo.
When iam using existing images i always use different search options and when the portrait of Mao came randomly, it was a bit surprise. I decided to choose it. I repeat: it was a decision. Why not “pop it” my glitches. This one with mao was a unique case, in the middle of my spam experiment, and i decided to develop an image something like this: Mao with my spams.
In the middle of the work i got an email, someone wanted to write an article about the recycling of Maos portraits. I got in and made a kind of statement. And she made a nice article but i feel important to add some feedbacks afterhand:
– the pop art line in my work is not that strong and heavy, i do like pop art and yes i admire it, but don’t want to turn glitch art in to pop art or into a “new cyber pop art”. I just simply use glitch and image errors as tools to express my artistic purposes.
– the bright colours feeling is totally random, this image published on the site is using different feedbacks and blend errors. I didn’t want to qualify Mao with colours, i just followed my choleric experience to stabilize the composition.
-yes iam coming from an ex communist country but the point is that i don’t want to talk about bloody dictators or qualify eras, i just wanted to try to find the place for these idols in my imaginary world.
and just for this post one more Mao image: