Faceless Art

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Why do artists present faceless art? The quick answer seems to be that that viewer quickly ignores the absence of the face and looks for beauty elsewhere.

Art can have its own voice: an active or a passive voice. The difference in voice with language is determined by subject of sentence. If it performs the action it is active and if it receives the action, then it is passive.

Faceless art changes the subject. The energy and focus of the image take from the face and focuses it on the body, changing he dialogue. The body, cloths, surrounding, colors, and textures are left alone to project their own raw emotion.  

Leonardo da Vinci said that “Art was art”, adding that, "We don't inform art, that art informs us".  The message that art brings may be more exact if the art has a face compared to one that is faceless leaving us to find what the face might be.

 

Paint Speaks, Loudly and Softly

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Art can have its own voice: an active or a passive voice. The difference in voice in language is determined by subject of sentence. If it performs the action it is active and if it receives the action, then it is passive. Did you eat it (Active) or was it eaten by  you (Passive). The issue is how the action occurs.

If a painting has an active voice it can be found in the same way. What is the subject of the painting and does it make the people who view it want to stand and look longer, as compared to a passive voice which evokes just a shorter look. 

Bold textures, vivid colors and strong contrasts, like those found in oil painting, present active subject areas. Smoother textures, more neutral colors, and less bold colors all create relationships that express passive areas.

Sometimes a painting is either all active, or all passive, but sometimes an artist may blend and present two types of expressions in the same work. It is tempting to take a quite peaceful setting and add something bold.

 

Minerva Teichert Pioneer Artist

Minerva Teichert (August 28, 1888 – May 3, 1976) was an American painter notable for her art depicting Western and Mormon subjects

                Painting  "Not Alone" by                                   Minerva Teichert

             Painting  "Not Alone" by                                   Minerva Teichert