SELF-OBSESSION (2023) is a muscled monstrous version of a human taking a selfie with its head blanked out. The extreme muscles growing everywhere is the exemplification of the growing self-obsession with gaining muscles without a limit simply for Instagram likes and the growing of a mindset that ends up being unhealthy despite healthy intentions at the start - it can become obsessive eventually.
Windowed (2023) is a gender-neutral nude in which a window and a plant pot replace parts of the belly. The arms swing towards the audience while exploring the idea of the inside person rather than the outside. The window lets you in, in which personalities and emotions are as varied as the colour scaling.
Fragility (2023) is an egg tempera on canvas painting (40.6 x 51cm (16" X 20")) that proposes the idea of a nude that has been sliced into pieces indicating different traumas and emotions with the eye- a circle. A reminder that one's eye holds one's thoughts and mental state.
It's supposed to be designed as if it was a mechanical robot; that humanity has been worked like an object and that's the only state that it knows- fragility. Humans were meant to break down until the system gets broken down and then another cycle of fragility begins as the new becomes the establishment and replaces the old.
Lately, I have found myself using egg tempera. The medium appears rather unknown in contemporary practices and yet it is one of the most important paints during the renaissance which has since been forgotten to time. In my experience this paint dries faster than acrylic therefore it allows for swift abstract strikes upon the canvas and fast-paced paintings.
Though it is much more expensive than acrylic if you decide to buy pre-mixed tubes rather than the pigments and doing it yourself. The DIY method is much more fun and you can control what colors you use, however it also is dangerous if not done properly. The powdered pigments can get into the air then into your lungs if breathed in and they're stuff that shouldn't be inside of your body.
You can mix these pigments well together and even add detail with watered down layering; though I have found that using another layer on another will eventually make the paint combine as the water re-wets the underlying layers.
In comparison to oil and acrylic; it's much more expensive and can be a problem when working in layering. Though the experience felt while using this archaic medium has been received to me with much aesthetic pleasure.
You can find my work in this medium in the Color Nudes project where I am now painting in egg tempera on vellum (another fun material to work with!) to create aesthetically challenging artworks.
Encircled Bust (2023) by Joshua Norwood, egg tempera on vellum.