New artwork: Drowning in your ocean

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

OK here’s the latest artwork, “Drowning in your ocean”, a girl lying in the bottom of an imaginary ocean: Sleeping? Dreaming? Dead? Immobilized by depression? You may interpret it as you like.

She has become one with this environment. Woman and ocean are a unity in the dimensionality of an imaginary space. There is a correspondence between the inside and the outside. A sea turtle, a fish, sand and seaweed have become encrusted into her body. The body is the very ocean itself, and the ocean is at the heart of her flesh.

The two horses on bottom right symbolize borderline situations between phantasy and reality and their mariage.

Drowning in Your Ocean by Ina Mar
Drowning in Your Ocean by Ina Mar, November 2009, Series surREALITIES

Mixed media, mainly photomanipulation and digital painting

Following poem titled “Your Absence” goes with the artwork:

Your absence – too long – I cannot move
anesthetic through my numb and empty heart
now I  wake from a coma
see visions of you
those Words we couldn’t mumble
that Warmth we couldn’t share

I’m dazzled by the nudity
of your soul set free
a boundless ocean for me to
glide and gleam like a silverfish
You set me moving again
I’m becoming iridescent
golden hues, silver hues
my eyes can’t rest in your ocean
wherever i swim, i’m lost
wherever i dive, i drown
so deep and dark it is

(Text by Ina Mar, adapted by Damian Bullen)

New artwork about old age and memory loss

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Since a couple of weeks, I’ve been working on this new image in vintage look, exploring the theme of old age and memory loss:

Growing old is a wonderful thing by Ina Mar, 2009, mixed media

Growing old is a wonderful thing by Ina Mar, 2009, mixed media

Here is the text embedded in the background of the artwork:

If I ever die, I wish to die of love, for example to die suffering of desire or be a victim of a crime of passion. It’s terrible to die of any other cause. Imagine dying of a sickness or just from old age!
Listen, I think I am growing younger every day. I am becoming smaller, losing weight, losing my hair, my skin is now soft like that of a baby. Touch it! See? It’s so soft! I believe I will soon be your age again. As soon as I am young again, I can take you to the end of the world. We’ll start a completely new life together. I am really sorry I didn’t remember your name. But the warmth of your hands is familiar to me. I am sure I have loved you passionately in the past.
Did you know that it’s possible to fall in love with the same person more than once in one life? Age gives you that strength by taking away memory. Loss of memory brings the freshness of rediscovery. I am now able to fall in love with you again and again. (Text: Ina Mar)

Some of my layers:

  • Doll
  • Photo of the right hand of a person I love (top)
  • Hand taken from a painting by Egon Schiele (bottom)
  • Eiffel Tower, taken from a vintage postcard. Stamp and postage from the same postard
  • Photo of a breast (right, middle)
  • Photo of trash and paper debris
  • Ink and blood stains (hand-painted on the debris) (in Photoshop of course!)
  • Several text layers with several colors and effects
  • Distressed effects using the background of an old black and white photo of my father
  • Frame taken from a vintage photo. I liked its irregular, destroyed corners. Just used the frame from this photo.

New Artwork – “Tiger Dream” (Series surREALITIES)

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Tiger Dream by Ina Mar
Tiger Dream by Ina Mar, 2009, mixed media (photo, drawing, collage, text), series surREALITIES

The “Tiger Dream” is an atypical erotic encounter between a tiger and a young boy.
It’s the description of a dream situation: A girl dreams of a boy lying on her bed, his head slightly leaned to the back, showing his uncovered neck. The girl’s head transforms into a tiger head. She carefully takes his neck into her mouth. She does not bite him or hurt him.

The tiger’s spoken words (“Is that you lying on my bed? I promise not to hurt you.”) are written over his head while the boy’s intime thoughts (“It would be nice to be sexually abused by you.”) are written inside his head.
There is also a sleeping child inside the boy’s head (reference to Egon Schiele’s “Blind Mother”, 1914) and the words “still a kid deep in his soul”, alluding to innocence.

I wish to create a contrast between innocence and sexual pleasure (two facets of the boy) as well as gentleness and violence (two facets of the tiger).

Here’s a detail of the artwork:

Tiger Dream by Ina Mar, detail

Tiger Dream by Ina Mar, detail

The palette contains “agressive”, “unrealistic” colours (blood red, deep orange, black and saturated yellow), that allude to the dream world.
The size of the original is 19.7 in x 15.7 in (50x40cm).
The techniques used are digital photo, pencil drawing,
photocopy, collage, digital manipulation.
Where to buy it: You can buy a reproduction of “Tiger Dream” on Imagekind.

New series: surREALITIES

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Hello, long time without updates…

I am currently working on some artworks for my new series “surREALITIES. It will be a series of surrealistic/fantasy images using mixed media, namely a mixture of photography, drawing, scanned painting, photocopy, scanned objects, as well as texts or poems I’ve written. I am trying to mix not only media but also the mind conditions: realities, remembrances, dreams, sensations are mixed with daydreams, trances, virtualities and visualisations, till the limits between them are blurred. The images and accompanying texts have the hallucinatory quality of dreams, though confusing with the presence of trivial elements.

The first artwork I just published is called “Futile Attractions #01“, a dreamscape / erotic phantasy showing a woman suffering from hallucinations induced by desire. The image explores the  capacity of desire to transform reality.

The palette is suggestive to the human body (skin tones, flesh tones, earth brown, blood red, light pink) in order to give the image sensuality, a bodily presence, a human presence. Used the canvas as a container for bodily sensations that come to an explosion through mental pictures described by the woman in the text. The textures give the image a vintage look.

The object on the right top is a black chain, disposed in a way that it makes an allusion to both a phallus and an umbilical cord. At the same time, the woman is “floating” in an embryon-like position. This umbilican cord symbolizes her connexion to the beloved person: physical and addictive.

Futile Attractions by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media

Futile Attraction #01 by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media

    Futile Attraction #01 by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media, detail

Futile Attraction #01 by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media, detail

     Futile Attraction #01 by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media, detail

Futile Attraction #01 by Ina Mar, Series surREALITIES, 2009, Mixed Media, detail

The size of the original is 80 x 60 cm (23.40 x 32.00 inches).
You can buy a reproduction of “Futile Attraction #01” on Imagekind. Please avoid very small reproductions, because the text will not be readable and the texture effects will not be visible!

One of my inspirations for this work was Cy Twombly’s “Ferragosto” series, especially for the choice of colours:

Cy Twombly, Ferragosto IV

I’ll soon be publishing the second artwork of the series, “Your ocean”, in blue and yellow tones.

Curious to see the process of creating a digital art print?

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

I print my artworks in an art gallery / photo studio specialized in artwork reproductions and large scale prints. I always print them myself because I prefer having total control on my final artwork: Who said digital art prints are not “hand made”? I use one of my two favourite EPSON printers: Stylus Pro 9800 or Stylus Pro 10600, using the 8-color Epson UltraChrome K3™ ink technology that produces very high print quality. This printer can handle paper up to 44-inch wide – the length is illimited. Here’s Epson Stylus Pro 9800 – First step: I choose the appropriate kind of paper, in this case a watercolour 24 inch paper roll (24″ is the width of the roll), because I wish to plot a 24×18 inch art print:

Epson Stylus 9800 Printer

The next step is opening my digital file and making some printing tests. We call those printing tests “test stripes”. This means printing a small portion of the picture, like for example 2 inches x 24 inches – this is just to test how the paper reacts to the file, on several areas of the image. For example, canvas absorbs more ink than fine art paper. Or watercolour paper absorbs more ink than glossy paper. A print on glossy paper looks completely different than a print on canvas or on matte paper, even if you are using the same digital file. So I have to adjust the colours, in order to have them on paper exactly or almost exactly as I created them on screen. I print a test stripe and compare to the screen. If I don’t like the result, I modify my file or modify the printing options, then print another test stripe. And this goes on until I am satisfied with the printing result – as soon as the result is satisfying, I print the complete artwork. In case you are asking yourself what “colour management” means: It’s all about trying to make sure that the colours of the artwork I created on screen match with the colours of the print as best as they can.

Test stripes

Yes I know, I create a mess on any desk I use… As you see on the picture below, the test stripe on the right is a little “orange toned”, the one in the middle is a little dark and the one on the left is actually a succeeded one – light sepia / brown tones, like on my digital file. I juxtapose them and compare…

Test stripes

And here is my digital file – it’s a tribune to Auguste Rodin’s “Eternal Idol”. The artwork name is “The Kiss #7 – Variation Sepia”:

The Kiss #7 - Variation Sepia

The printing stripe was OK, so I proceed to the actual printing of the artwork.

Epson Stylus 9800 Printer printing digital artwork

I favourite watercolour paper for this kind of digital artworks, because it has a rough surface structure that gives my works a “drawing” aspect. It’s luxurious, thick, soft and resistant. And here is the final print. It has a white border that can be used instead of matting: the surface of the watercolour paper makes a very nice mat.

Epson Stylus 9800 Printer - Final print

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Thanks for your feedback or questions!