When looking at obscurity i looked at the idea abstracting away from the normal everyday human form and to instead focus on things going on where they shouldn't be much like the images shown below that were collated from the library research. Martin Margella would use this in his work when covering his models faces and focus in on with what was going on with his garments.
We looked a lot into surrealism during this task.
The definition of surrealism being:
A 20th century avant-garde movement in art and literature which sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images.
The CSM library had a lot of books on surrealism and the images we found oozed obscurity. When looking at the words we had chosen as a whole we focused in on the obscurity of plaster; how it goes from liquid to a solid represents the link between obscurity and clarity.
I also looked into the work of Gerhard Richter who did a series of blurred portraits of images he had taken himselfMany of these paintings are made in a multi-step process of representations. He starts with a photograph, which he has found or taken himself, and projects it onto his canvas, where he traces it for exact form. Taking his colour palette from the photograph, he paints to replicate the look of the original picture. His hallmark "blur" is achieved sometimes with a light touch of a soft brush, sometimes a hard smear by an aggressive pull with a squeegee.
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