Sunday, July 19, 2015

Homage to Valeriya Kutsan


An entirely new art-form or simply the ancient practice of tatooing given a new expression? As a schoolteacher and as a parent I have watched face-painters making a complete mess of children's faces on a hundred occasions, generally transforming them into Disney characters, because Disney is about as far into adulthood as most human minds are capable of stretching. But why not into Mondrian or Ben Nicholson, as Valeriya Kutsan does, and as Alexander Khokhlov has recorded for posterity (face-paint is pervious to soap, alas) in his splendid photographs.


I tried a number of designs of my own before reverting to imitation. The hair was the most difficult; to be honest, I'm still not convinced I've got the hair right.






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