Im SOOO sorry this wasnt up earlier. I was in hospital since saturday as my lung collapsed again. I understand its VERY late, but I hope you can still take a look at it.
Thank you so much, and I hope you had an amazing Christmas!
– Ian Riddell
I got my inspiration particularly from the Buffy Saint-Marie Self-Portrait at the 401 Richmond St. Art Gallery. It really drew me in, as seen in my video response, as something more subtle than the other pieces in the show. The other pieces by Buffy were too neon and abstract, where as this one had a difinitive, recongnizable form, that being Buffy’s bust. The contrast of her solid black hair and bands of bright colours over her face felt balanced to me. I walked around the whole exibit multipile time, but came back to this one many times. I think its the intensity of the facial features that really stand this piece apart. Unlike the other pieces, this picture has a very clear subject and focus. All the expression, past the colours and juxtaposition lies in the face. The colours emphesize sturring emotions, happy emotion in the viewer, while the piercing stare of the subject pushes right through. I like this piece alot, because it actually does something emotionally to me, rather than simply enforce an absent appreciation for the image like the other pieces did. I intend to go back and re-experience the exibit soon since as a whole, it was quite impressive.