By the Sea
About this artwork
Gena plays up the surroundings in this abstract portrait. She says she added a bright orange line, vertical tally-like marks and circular shapes in the foreground to suggest that the figure is standing in a field near the sea. Strong afternoon light reflects across the chest and along the edge of the face.Part of Gena's ongoing Illumination series, exploring mood and emotion through abstract portraits. She begins each piece with a dark background, adding fast, autonomous and broad marks. As the work progresses, she reveals and wipes away a history of her mark-making, selectively deciding what imagery to keep and what to discard. She continues the process until recognizable imagery and figures materialize. Her reference material for these portraits is mostly color schemes observed in nature or from memory.