French artist Charlotte Caron‘s animal portraits - that are painted over photographs – give credence to the idea of the masks we wear, the personas which we live and hide behind everyday. It’s a simple idea, her brushstrokes are confident, the object of the exercise well executed. She quotes Antoine Spire – a French intellectual – in reference to her series:
We are both tempted by the humanization of animals, which often reveals our fantasy projections and the bestial men, another way for us to freeze the other in animality.
Caron has this to say about her work:
This series of paintings, photographs, tries to give an answer to a form of duality – which here takes first animal – through the medium of painting in addition, flow, mask, portrait. To ultimately create an osmosis between the two mediums, so between the animal and the portrait.
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