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Pamela Healey -- Vanishing Portraits
In the early 14th century, many portrait paintings were commemorative pieces, painted to honor the subject after his death. In my view, a profile is particularly appropriate because the subject gazes, not at us, but at the beyond, the next life. In my pictures, I have pushed this idea a bit further by merging the background and the foreground in places to show the subject in transition from the NOW to the HEREAFTER.
Although the physical body of the person in my pictures is vanishing, I have made the background of the picture era specific. Also, I've been guided by profiles of famous people or iconic looks of the period.
I had fun making these pictures and poking around in fashion and decorative styles books. I hope you enjoy the show.
Pamela L. Healey