Facial expressions are complex and infinite. With the slightest change of one expression, another emerges, revealing an entirely new meaning. I study these facial and body nuances with photography and printmaking. Self-reflection, deteriorating relationships, and family hardships are often subject matters included in my work, which bring emotions that many can relate to even though the work may be personal and cathartic for myself.
Photography communicates my ideas directly, while printmaking frees me from the confines of realistic representation. Photography is the external view; prints offer a more psychological view – though both are accurate representations of myself. To break outside of the realism depicted in photography, I use thread to sew smaller pieces of paper together, adding another layer to the meaning each piece holds. The idea is of something being torn apart and reassembled, literally and psychologically. In monotypes and lithographs, I can use expressive line and color to communicate emotions while hints of what I actually look like come through. I do not find it important to get the exact likeness but it is important to get the exact emotion.
Erica Scanlon Schopper