I have started to work on the initial form with the fabric and paints. Large mass of the material and its fluffiness bulkiness greatly hamper my actions. I have decided that the front of my costume will be simpler, flat and much shorter - in contrast to the back, where a large quantity of material is to fold.
Placing oil paint on the fabric made the folds flatten and thanks to this the whole form became geometric. I just expected and wanted this kind of effect. I tried to apply the paint as thickly as possible to make the fabric loose its fluffiness bulkiness. I used only two colors: white and extremely cool grey. I think I will try to keep my costume in such color tonality and this will be one of the several references to The Clockwork Orange. The mix of grey and white gives the effect of aging and destruction. It is associated with the used matter. I tried to apply the paint unevenly, holding the brush at different angels, allowing the paint to run down over the material. I wanted to achieve expressive, dynamic effect, a bit like those on Jackson Pollack paintings.
This is just the initial phase of the realization. It was extremely important for me to see if the used technical means give the expected effect.
I think that my project was fund itself at the very interesting stage. One costume embraces two completely separate realities. On the one side pure geometrical form, on the other, the material rather associated with emotional, incidental painting. Very often action painting was compared to suprematists and constructivists.
Alike Pollock, who transformed his emotions on accidental paint splash, suprematists did so on geometrical forms. Two extreme results having a similar beginning.
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