2 May 2020

A Library of Stories in Charcoal Portraits

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The title can make more sense if you look at the models not as an aid for the artwork, but people with a lifetime of experiences.
See if I can express it in words: pick one of these people at random; you could represent their entire life as a line.  Somewhere along that line there is a mark moving in one direction, which symbolises their life in the present. Before that mark, is all they have been and experienced; after that, all that is to come.

In these drawings, Oliver Sin freezes a snapshot of the present; this is an ever moving post, that only stops at the end of the line.  At the moment the portrait is captured, the life of this person is suspended in time, so are their emotions, expressions and all the stories that make them who they are.  All of these attributes, are on display in these charcoal likenesses, but in a cryptic way.

The problem is, that a snapshot in time doesn't give away all its secrets.  Imagine this:  If any given day of a person's life was a page in a book, these portraits would a paragraph of an amazing book; the narrative of which, can only be deduced by that small selection of text.

As story is so much more than a paragraph in a book; the same can be said about us, where a single moment in our lives doesn't represents us in our entirety.

A glimpse can begin the process of understanding and appreciating, but if you want to know a person, take the time to read the entire book.

Jumping between metaphors here, I hope the point clear enough to understand.

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